Dr Kevin Flanagan

Kevin Flanagan

MA, BMus, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Music

Helmore 255

Email: kevin.flanagan@anglia.ac.uk

Telephone: 0845 196 2509
International: +44 1223 698 509

Kevin Flanagan's research activity

Kevin Flanagan comes from Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. He initially studied music and philosophy at the University of New Hampshire, and was part of Antares, a free improvisatory group that toured the New England through the mid-70s to early 80s. During this period he was also involved in jazz, blues, and popular music, both recording and performing. He settled in the UK in the mid-80s, and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with members of Pink Floyd, Ben E. King, the Sex Pistols, Paul Weller, Boo Hewerdine, Jools Holland, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Portishead, and many others. By the late 1980s he was primarily involved with jazz, playing with his own group or with musicians such as Dick Morrissey, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Gerard Precenser, Don Weller, Dave Cliff, Mark Edwards, Adrian Utley, and the Tommy Chase quartet around the festivals of the UK and Europe, including festivals in Brecon, Edinburgh, Soho, and Bath in this country; and festivals in Milan, Paris, the North Sea festival, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and others. He has put out two successful CDs with Chris Ingham as the Flanagan-Ingham Quartet, and, collaborating with Dave Gordon in the quartet Riprap, has released three CDs and performed an on-going a series of gigs around the UK in venues like the Royal Festival Hall and at various festivals. He is also arranging and performing for Chris Ingham's Rebop project.

As a graduate of Goldsmith's University, he specialized in analysis and post-1945 music. This was followed by an MA in composition at Anglia Ruskin University with Richard Hoadley, which resulted in the first SPNM commissioned performance of Like Miles by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the commission for Mode for Joe II, was performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. His PhD in composition was with the composer Martin Butler at Sussex University, and is collaborating with composer/pianist Dave Gordon and poet Malcolm Guite in the Riprap spoken text series with series of poets from the US and UK; Gary Snyder, Gerry Nicosia, Chuck Perkins, Ruth Padel, Grevel Lindop, and Gwnyeth Lewis.

Research interests:

  • Composition
  • Improvisation combined with composition
  • Afro American Music (jazz, blues, roots)
  • Contemporary American Composers
  • Composition and spoken word (collaborations with poets, in both composed and improvised settings)

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