John McCowen is a composer & performer focusing on extending the possibilities of the clarinet. John embraces drones, different tones, and beating harmonics as a means to extrude the dimensions within this acoustic sound source. His work has been described by The New Yorker as “the sonic equivalent of microscopic life viewed on a slide”. His music has been released on Edition Wandelweiser, International Anthem, Astral Spirits, Sound American, as well as others. John was a 2017 & 2019 artist-in-residence at Lijiang Studio in Yunnan, China, and also the 2020 artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn, NY. He currently resides in Reykjavik, where he is a guest instructor of improvised music at Iceland University of the Arts.