Sean Hamilton is a percussionist, composer, and improviser whose interests primarily lie in the conjunctions of new music, electroacoustic music, free improvisation, experimental music, and interdisciplinary projects.
Sean has served as an artist-in-residence with Leeds Improvised Music and Experimentation (LIME) in Leeds, UK, and has been a featured artist on WKCR-FM New York, WMNF Tampa, WSLR Sarasota, at the Asheville and Orlando Fringe Festivals, the Anxious Sound Series in New Orleans, Art in Odd Places Orlando, and the 2017 SEAMUS National Conference. Sean is most active with his solo drum set and electronics project, presenting lectures and solo performances throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, at places including the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Afternoon New Music on WKCR-FM New York, the Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando), the University of Michigan, New York University, California State University Long Beach, and the University of Leeds (UK). Additionally, Sean has given numerous premieres of new works for percussion, including Stuart Saunders Smith’s Queen Anne’s Lace for solo vibraphone, an evening-length work commissioned by Sean. His playing can be heard on his solo albums LOCI and LOCI // Live on WKCR, and as an ensemble member on albums with the McCormick Percussion Group, the Hamilton-Suarez Duo, the Jamison Williams Trio, and Mechanical Bull.
Sean is a regular collaborator with visual artists, dancers, choreographers, and musicians, having previously worked with artists including VERB Ballets, New Orleans Airlift, Lindsey Kelley Dance, Death Posture, Eli Blasko, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jacqui Dugal, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Claire Lefevre, and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. Notable projects include two weeks of creative research at the Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Choreographers and Composers Lab in Leeds, UK, emit:time and Lick in Nude with Lindsey Kelley Dance, several collaborations with visual artist Eli Blasko including The Sublime Operator and a Science of Dropped Calls and Afterthought: Reflections on an Undefined Process, and an evening-length collaboration with Tatsuya Nakatani.
Sean’s original compositions include works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, electroacoustic mediums, and fixed media that have been performed in both the United States and Europe. His recent fixed media composition “Pieces of Yearning”, created in collaboration with Antonio Morillo of VERB Ballets, was selected for presentation at the 2017 Next @ Graham showcase at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in New York City. Sean’s work has also been performed and presented at the Electrobrass Conference, The Charles Adams Studio Project, 15 Minutes of Fame New York, and the Dimitria Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Sean holds a Master of Music degree in percussion performance and music composition from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Robert McCormick (percussion), Baljinder Sekhon, and Paul Reller (composition). He also holds a BM in Music Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where his studies included percussion, composition, jazz/improvisation, and pedagogy. Outside of his formal studies, Sean has studied percussion, composition, repertoire, and performance practice with Stuart Saunders Smith and Sylvia Smith, repertoire with Christian Wolff, composition with Robert Morris, and vibraphone with Berndt Thurner (Vienna). Sean is artist endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and Grover Pro Percussion instruments and accessories.
LOCI Album Review, Percussive Arts Society's Percussive Notes, May 2017
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