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Lecturer in Music, University of Surrey

Before coming to Surrey John taught and led modules at University of Liverpool, Goldsmiths, LIPA and ICMP. He has been interviewed / featured in The Wire, Aquarium Drunkard, Burning Ambulance, The Skinny, Bido Lito!, BBC Radio, Radio New Zealand, Sideways through Sound, and Sydney's FBi radio and has had his music synched on various television shows and sounded at Tate Modern and FACT. John has performed the UK premiere of Rhys Chatham's Die Donnergotter in addition to Guitar Trio alongside the composer.

He is a consultant for a collaborative research project led by the Computer Science faculty at Goldsmiths for a research project on guitar pedagogy through the development of a tuition app in collaboration with Tido Music. The project was awarded Follow-on Funding through the Impact and Engagement Scheme, part of the AHRC. This is an 18-month project, largely building on methods and findings from a recent multidisciplinary Large Grant project in the AHRC Digital Transformations theme, Transforming Musicology. (£250k)

Research interests include popular music, performance, word and music studies, practice as research, cross-disciplinarity, aesthetics, AV media, Samuel Beckett, avantjazz, experimental music, folk / avantfolk, improvisation, Samuel Beckett, guitar, repetition theory.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Music, University of Surrey