Dr John McGrath is a guitarist and academic from Ireland. He has collaborated, performed, and recorded as an electric guitarist with numerous experimental, improv, blues, scratch, and avant-rock musicians from Rhys Chatham to Dustin Wong and the aPAtT Orchestra.
A professional musician since the age of 16, John has worked as a session guitarist and recorded music for TV. His compositions have also been played as part of art installations at the Tate Modern and FACT, Liverpool. His recent EP of solo acoustic instrumentals has received positive attention from The Wire magazine, Aquarium Drunkard, and numerous radio stations around the world, including the BBC, Radio New Zealand and Sydney’s Sideways Through Sound. He was subsequently commissioned to write for the IMMIX ensemble, the collaborative performance of which is forthcoming for release on Product Records. McGrath’s academic research has earned him awards from the SMI and AHRC and has been presented at conferences in Germany, Ireland, and throughout the UK. His main research areas are Word and Music Studies, Practice as Research, Popular Music Studies, and Aesthetics.
John has a forthcoming monograph with Ashgate entitled Samuel Beckett, Repetition and Modern Music. He is a full-time Lecturer in Popular Music at ICMP and previously lectured at University of Liverpool and LIPA. He is a member of IASPM, SMI, RMA, and WMA, and holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University of Liverpool.