BIOGRAPHY OF SEAN WAYLAND
Sean Wayland was born in Sydney, Australia, June 4th , 1969 and
resides in New York now. He is well known and respected for his
prolific writing, and unique harmony and rhythm.
Reviewers have said:
"Synthetic but swashbuckling" : The New York
"Vast Technique and exploratory agility" : The
“Music Pours easily from Sean Wayland” :
limelight CD review
“Superman plays for keeps”: Sydney Morning Herald CD review
“Sean Wayland has long been something of a legend among Sydney jazz
“But if you took the names of Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings or Joey
Calderazzo, he (Sean) is a player of the same high caliber”: Mark F.
4 STAR REVIEW IN
JAN 2013 DOWNBEAT :
Many more reviews and words about Sean can be
found in this .pdf document ( right click to download ): REVIEWS
His was a musical family, his father's love of
jazz enabled Sean to hear the music of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and
others as a young child. His father's mother Muriel Cohen was a
concert pianist and the first Australian to perform Olivier Messiaen's
Catalogue D'Oiseax publicly. To this day Sean is still entranced by
Debussy and Messiaen. Perhaps intimidated by living up to his family's
talent, Sean chose to study the violin as a child. His interest in the
piano increased and as a teenager he fooled around on the instrument.
The fact that he was already an accomplished fiddler and had a busy
schedule playing with school orchestras etc meant that he had little
time to practise piano. In his final year of high school Sean met jazz
pianist John Bostock -- http://www.johnbostockmusic.com
At the time in Australia it was difficult to find out about jazz and
John hipped Sean to the music of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and John
Coltrane. After school Sean spent a couple of years at University
studying Electrical Engineering, but the seed had been sown and he
came to realise that his calling in life was to be a musician. Sean
studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1992 and 1993.
He has had numerous piano teachers including Mike Nock, Roger
Frampton, Judy Bailey, and Paul Macnamara in Australia. In New York he
has studied with Barry Harris, Kevin Hayes, Geoff Keezer, George
Colligan, Sam Yahel and Bruce Barth. While at the Conservatorium he
received the Jack Chrostowski piano award. In 1993 he was a finalist
in the National Jazz Piano Awards at the Wangaratta Festival. In 1999
Sean received a grant from the Australia Council to study jazz piano
in New York which helped him to relocate there.
Sean has worked for a number of internationally renowned musicians
including: Allan Holdsworth , Wayne Krantz , David Binney, Madeliene
Peyroux , Tim Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon, Dave Smith, Isaac
Darche , Jon Iragabon , Dan Pratt, Ike Sturm, Matt Geraghty, The
Three Degrees, The Dangit -Bobbys, Moses Patrou, Jay Collins ,Cornell
Dupree, Jesse Harris, Sheryl Bailey, Gerald Hayes, Dale Barlow,
Justine Clark, Phil Slater, Jackie Orsascky, Steve Hunter, James
Muller and Steve Mckenna.
Sean has released over 14 critically acclaimed CDs, featuring
musicians such as Adam Nussbaum, Dennis Irwin, Seamus Blake, Chad
Wackerman, Steve Kirby, Alvester Garnett, Jesse Harris, James Muller,
Jochen Rueckert, Matt Penman, Donny McCaslin, Will Vinson, Keith
Carlock, Adam Rogers and Tim Lefebvre.
Sean has successfully toured internationally. He has performed in many
countries including U.S.A, China, Japan, England, Germany , Hong Kong
and New Zealand under his own name. And in 2004, with his trio, Sean
made the first instructional jazz DVD produced in China by foreigners.
As well as recording his own CDs he has Sean and his compositions have
appeared on numerous other jazz releases including albums by David
Binney, Jon Gordon, Madeleine Peyroux, Aki Ishiguro, Isaac Darche, The
Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Carl Orr, Matt McMahon, Steve Hunter,
James Muller , Elana Stone, Robynne Dunn, Dale Barlow , Lily Dior ,
Tim Hopkins, Banana, John Mackie , Nick McBride and Luca Benedetti.
Many musicians have dedicated pieces to Sean Wayland inspired by his
music including : Dale Barlow "seany", Matt Penman "waylo" , Florian
Ross "quahog wayland", Gerard Masters " Sean Wayland" , Brian
Charette " mode for Sean Wayland " .