Kevin comes from Lowell, Mass. USA. After dropping out of high school (whoops), he co-founded the group Antares, an jazz and improv-based cooperative which toured New England and the UK in the mid-70’s to early 80’s. During this period he was also involved in blues and popular music, both in performing and recording sessions. He settled in the UK in the early 80’s and worked on the London jazz and pop scene; playing, touring, and recording with various rock and pop artists, as well as West African High Life and Salsa groups. He shifted primarily to jazz, playing with his own group and the Tommy Chase Quartet at festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury, Brecon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Brighton and festivals in Europe in Milan, Paris, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the North Sea Jazz Festival. He has been working with David Gordon, putting out two CD’s, Riprap and Snow-Blue Night, working both with poets in commissions from the TS Eliot Festival and other events, and as an instrumental quartet playing around the usual venues.
After graduating from Goldsmiths University, his focus turned to contemporary composition, an he went on to gain a post graduate degree in composition from Anglia Ruskin with Richard Hoadley, and later gained a PhD in composition at the University of Sussex with Martin Butler. He has had works commissioned by the SPNM and others performed by orchestras and ensembles in London and Cambridge. Apart from continuing as a performer, he is pursuing a number of collaborations with poets, dancers and painters. He has currently just worked on a series of Arts Council sponsored ambient installations for the artist Jane Perryman which have toured galleries in Sweden, the US, Scotland, Wales, England and India. His most recent project is the Peddars Way Project, funded by the PRS Foundation Music Creators Fund. Stapleford Granary appointed Kevin Artist-in-Residence for 2020, where he was to organize a number of collaborations based on the nature reserve of the Stapleford Downs Trust in Stapleford. He is currently involved with the choreographer Eva Aymami in a project concerned with coastal communities threatened by climate change.
Kevin Flanagan is supported by PRS Foundation’s Open Fund For Music Creators