Ethan Connor McAlister


Ethan Connor McAlister is a musician based in Canberra. As a post-experimental composer and electric guitarist, Ethan views his work as curated autobiographical documentation. Through the reduction of sonic possibilities in his music, Ethan explores sound in interactions and stillnesses. He has studied performance and composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, before completing his honours in Canberra under the direction of Kim Cunio. Ethan is currently a contemporary guitar/bass and theory instructor in locations across Canberra.

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Sunday Afternoon |Vignette no.1, unaccompanied piano.

Born spontaneously on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this piece for piano solo marks the first of what will develop into a collection of vignettes for various ensembles. The aim for this piece and for the works that will follow it, is quite simply to build an impression of a moment. In this case, quite a lovely moment.

Featured in Keyboard Waves November 2016

Waves, for Electric Guitar Quartet.

Performed by Mauricio Carrasco, Sophie Marcheff, Jake Donohue, and Ethan Connor McAlister, “Waves” is an electric guitar quartet written for The Experimental Grainger concert as part of Musical Maverick: Five Concerts in Tribute to Grainger series, held in 2016.

Waves is inspired by Grainger’s own observations of waves in Albert Park Lake in Melbourne and his early use of experimental structures in music.

Featured in Fragile Waves (July 2018).

Autumn Leaves|Vignette no.2, for unaccompanied classical guitar

The aim for this piece and for the rest of the collection, is to build an impression of a moment. This work takes inspiration from the 1913 painting ‘Autumn leaves’ by John S. Sargent, viewed while visiting the National Gallery of Victoria.

Featured in Guitar Waves (December 2018).