Andrew Rowan

Selected Work


Upcoming project with Steven Kai van Betten – string quartet, voice, electric and acoustic guitars, piano (COMING LATE 2018/EARLY 2019) ... Photos by Nicholas Ludwig


Tanya Largos – violin, viola, cello, electric guitar (Susan Records 2018)
  I. Whole Days Will Move in the Direction of Rain
  II. Tanya
  III. Ghent in Vermillion


“… it packs in emotion and draws in the listener with attention to sounds and the way instruments fuse together to create these pieces. It shows a composer adept at creating music that tells a story, but also allows for the listener to interpret things for him/herself.”  –Drifting, Almost Falling.

“… a fantastic view of chamber music at its most refined … Never oversaturating the sound, Andrew Rowan ensures that every detail becomes amplified in full … a thing of serene beauty…” –Beach Sloth

Refraction 2 (Andrew Rowan Trio)  – viola, electric guitar, 8-voice drum computer and sampler (2018)

Large Ensemble No. 3 – large jazz ensemble and voice (2012)
2013 ASCAP Plus Award: Honorable Mention

String Quartet Cue (2012)

Trans Pecos (Andrew Rowan Trio) – viola, electric guitar, 8-voice drum computer and sampler (2017)

XIV from Sonnets to Orpheus – string quartet, voice, harmonium (2016)

My Only (SOPHOCLES) – string and woodwind orchestration (2015)

Pt. II, The Long Time Sun – violin, 2 electric guitars, piano, electronics (2015)
Opening – voice, viola, cornet, trombone, guitar (2015)
Commissioned by choreographer Rebecca Lemme for Acts of Matter

Refraction 1 – celesta and crotales (2013) 

A Sweeter Hymning
All of Me
Good Book
Prayer Mode

The above composed for River Song Quintet; voice, viola, cornet, trombone, guitar (2012-2016)

Large Ensemble No. 2 – large jazz ensemble and electronics (2011)

KABATAS (film by Yalda Afsah) viola, 2 electric guitars, prepared piano, electronics (2013)

It is Spring and I am Blind – brass ensemble and percussion (2014)

The Longest Night  – Mark Orton, arranged for large jazz ensemble (2010)
2010 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award: Best Arrangement

Hammer Duos – 2 violins, 2 clarinets, 2 tubas, 2 accordions (2010)
Commissioned by Chris Kallmyer for the Festival of New Music in the Little William Theater, Hammer Museum


 Photo by Cary Tijerina

Photo by Cary Tijerina

Andrew Rowan is a composer working primarily in chamber, electronic, and improvised music forms. Beyond concert music, he is committed to orchestrating for and collaborating with other artists, songwriters, bands, and dancers—tailoring work to any space in which instrumental music can find a supportive and meaningful role.

Current projects include his Trio with Gregory Uhlmann (guitar) and Lauren Elizabeth Baba (viola), focusing on electroacoustic compositions that deal with variables in structure and improvisation; Tanya, a shapeshifting chamber ensemble performing through-composed work, releasing their first EP, Tanya Largos, on NYC-based Susan Records in July 2018; and a collaboration with LA-based singer/songwriter Steven Kai van Betten (Fell Runner, Kidi Band) that will release an album in late 2018/early 2019. Rowan's compositions and arrangements for large ensemble have received awards from ASCAP (2011, 2013, 2015), and from Downbeat Magazine (2010).

Working extensively in the realm of film, TV, and media music, and as a member of JoAnn Kane Music Service, Rowan has transcribed and copyedited music for dozens of projects including Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi (John Williams), Ferdinand (John Powell), Lady Bird (Jon Brion)The Finest Hours (Carter Burwell), and many more.