Sean McClowry, Bass

 Photo Credit: Daniel D'Ottavio

Photo Credit: Daniel D'Ottavio

Sean McClowry is a double bassist, composer, and music producer who is active in both classical and commercial music idioms as a performer and producer of recordings of new music. He is an Associate Professor of Music Industry at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, where he teaches classes in composition, double bass, songwriting, record production, and analog recording. Sean has been a member of the American Modern Ensemble for more than 10 years having contributed as both a performer and composer for many concert seasons. In 2015, he was featured among several composer/performers on the American Modern Recordings CD, Mavericks, which included his composition April, ’94 for solo double bass and electronics. 

As a double bassist, Sean McClowry is an interpreter of modern music written for the double bass. As a soloist, he has performed many contemporary works for double bass, including solo compositions by Michael Gordon, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman, as well as his own Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Ensemble. Sean also performs regularly as an orchestral bassist, in chamber ensembles, and with singer/songwriters. 

Recently, Sean was the recipient of a generous grant from the Les Paul Foundation to purchase and install historic recording equipment at Saint Rose in order to teach about the achievements of Les Paul by using the very equipment and processes that he championed. This has included 3 analog reel to reel tape machines, analog mastering equipment, and a record cutting lathe used to cut records. Sean has been busy procuring and restoring this equipment, or which some dates back to 1946. The grant will be used in classes and in recording studios at Saint Rose, as well as in Sean’s own research and creative work.

Sean has received his PhD in composition from Princeton University, MM in performance from the Yale School of Music, and BM in Composition from Peabody Conservatory.