Monday February 13, 7PM.
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.
As a percussionist, Sean gave the world premiere of Stuart Saunders Smith’s Queen Anne’s Lace for solo vibraphone, an evening-length work commissioned by Sean. He has given numerous performances of improvised compositions for solo drum set and electronics, including those presented while serving as an artist-in-residence with Leeds Improvised Music and Experimentation (LIME) in Leeds, UK and as a featured performer at the Anxious Sound Series in New Orleans, LA. Sean has presented additional recitals and solo performances throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, recently completing two tours with his solo drum set and electronics project which included performances and lectures throughout the southeastern United States and in southern California. Additionally, his playing can be heard on his solo album LOCI, on several releases with the McCormick Percussion Group (including Plot: Music for Unspecified Instrumentation), and on two albums with his electroacoustic duo Mechanical Bull.
Sean has collaborated with numerous visual artists, dancers, choreographers, and musicians, including Tatsuya Nakatani, New Orleans Airlift, Lindsey Kelley Dance, Death Posture, Eli Blasko, 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 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 groups, electroacoustic mediums, and fixed media. His work has been performed both in the United States and in Europe, with notable performances including I, Alone for tuba and electronics at the inaugural Electrobrass Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and The Days Are Growing Longer for solo percussion premiered at the University of North Texas. His sound installation Pedestrian Bridge was also exhibited at The Temporary Sculpture Garden, presented by The Charles Adams Studio Project in Lubbock, Texas.
In addition to his work as a composer and performer, Sean is active as performer/composer with Mechanical Bull, an electroacoustic duo he shares with guitarist/composer Nathan Corder and as the Program Director of Hyperbolic Chamber Music, a contemporary music series he co-founded in St. Petersburg, Florida with Jesse Thelonious Vance and Grace Juliano.
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).