Adam Goodwin

photo by Roberto Duarte

Adam Goodwin (b.1986) is a composer, double bassist and visual artist based between Berlin, Germany and the United States of America.

He received degrees in classical and contemporary double bass performance from the University of North Texas (BM, 2009) and University of California San Diego (MA, 2012), as well as studying composition at both universities. He remains active as an interpreter of contemporary and classical music as well as organizing his own creative projects throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Goodwin’s compositions often place a heavy emphasis on the use of harmonics, overtones and microtonality on string instruments, as well as using non-idiomatic and unconventional sounds as compositional elements, resulting in a vast universe of resonant textures reflecting elements of drone music, extended just intonation, minimalism, free improvisation and noise. His compositions often include graphic notation, text instructions and conceptual ideas intertwined with a more traditional approach to musical notation.

He is particularly interested in the balance between performer and composer in contemporary music practice, and considers the interpreter of the piece to have an equal creative input to that of the composer. His work frequently explores elements of physicality and mental state during performance, as well as addressing socio-political and environmental issues.