All about Sean Mackenzie

Sean MackenzieComposer, producer, pianist and percussionist, Sean Mackenzie’s eccentric style embodies a worldwide journey through the music of Brazil, Latin Americas, Africa, Asia and the European Gypsies. He is described as a “master storyteller” by premier Australian music critic John Shand, whose narrative “unfolds compellingly from one note to the next”. This unique style is what sets Sean apart and makes him an important artist in the fusion of world music.

Sean’s explorations started with exploring jazz and journeyed into less conventional, indigenous sounds that have seen him specialise in piano, the exquisite thumb piano (Kalimba) of Africa, and the beautiful Brazilian instruments of berimbau and pandeiro.

Sean began learning the piano from the age of 9, by 11 was performing original works in competitions, and by 15 had started performing professionally with jazz & rock bands. Now with almost 30 years professional experience, Sean is considered one of Australia’s premier musicians.

He has composed, performed, recorded and toured internationally with a Who’s Who of artists including Don Burrows, Dragon, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Epizo Bangoura, Afro Moses, Paul Jackson, Tommy Campbell, Jeff Andrews, Waldo Fabian, Lava, Yamatake Carnival, Nikatsu Film Studios, Kiko Freitas and Lulo Reinhardt (great- nephew of Django Reinhardt), as well as numerous jazz, ethnic, pop and commercial artists. He has been involved in intensive masterclass workshops in Holland and Brazil.


In addition to his new album, ‘Brasil’, Sean has composed and produced earlier recordings, including ‘Talking to Myselves’, ‘Off 2 C The Planet’ and ‘Couch Invaders’. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Sean has participated in workshops and projects at the Enschede Conservatorium of Music with Master Percussionist Nippy Noya, and has also taught at Curso Internacional de Verão in Brasilia alongside a faculty of internationally acclaimed musicians.

Sean Mackenzie in Foundry616 on 25/11/16

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