Flynn studied Music Composition with Agustîn Fernandez and Frank Denyer at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England (BA [honours] 1996) and Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran at Mills College in Oakland, California (MA 1998). He was also a private student of Allaudin Mathieu in composition and Tuning Theory. 

His original music fits primarily into two categories: neo-traditional fiddle music (monophonic or homophonic) and chamber music (often polyphonic)–the latter consisting mostly of either plucked string music, or other works in extended Just Intonation.

At Dartington he studied Tuning Theory with the late Dr Bob Gilmore who was his Musicology professor at the time. It was through Gilmore that he was indoctrinated into the world of the 20th Century American experimentalist composers Harry Partch, Conlon Nancarrow, Henry Cowell, and James Tenney.

His original chamber music has been performed at Dartington Hall in Devon (UK), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA, Redfern Arts Center in Keene, NH and other venues. 


Brought to You by the Number 5 (1997)
for four percussionists
Keene State College Percussion Ensemble
directed by Chris Swist
Redfern Center for the Arts
Keene, NH USA
5 March 2009

Planxty Gilmore (2015)
transcribed for Guitar (originally for Adapted Viola)
Tolgahan Çoğulu - microtonal guitar
Austrian Fretless Guitar and Just Intonation Festival 

Schärding, Austria
19 September 2015

Two-Part Inventions (2007)
1. for Two Irish Fiddles
2. for Two Bluegrass Mandolins
August Watters & Flynn Cohen - mandolins
The American Mandolin
Brattleboro Music Center
Brattleboro, VT, USA
9 January 2016
Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music
Stone Church Arts
Bellows Falls, VT, USA
16 January 2016

New Shapes on the Horizon (2008)
David Flemming - flute,  Justin Young - bassoon,  Joe Darby - viola
Redfern Arts Center
Keene, NH, USA
9 March 2016  

The Unhappy Couple (2016) for mandolin orchestra ~ PREMIER
Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music 
Stone Church Arts 
Bellows Falls, VT, USA 
17 January 2017

Treelawn (2016) for mandolin quartet (PREMIER) and The Unhappy Couple (2016) for mandolin orchestra
L'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble "Celtic and Celestial"
Canadian-American Club
202 Arlington St, Watertown, MA, USA
18 November 2017



Treelawn for Mandolin Quartet (2016)

recorded by Ecco Mandolin Ensemble:


Planxty Allaudin for microtonal guitar (2018)

performed by Tufan Kurdoglu:

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Demos and excerpts from commercial recording of Flynn's original fiddle music can be found here: