Sean Wayland was born in Sydney, Australia, and resides in New York now. He is well known and respected for his prolific writing, and unique harmony and rhythm.
Reviewers have said:
“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 circles”: Jazzgroove
“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. Turner, AllAboutJazz
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 .
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: David Binney, Madeliene Peyroux, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, Adam Rogers Tim Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon, Dave Smith, Dan Pratt, Ike Sturm, Matt Geraghty, The Dangit -Bobbys, Moses Patrou, Cornell Dupree, Jesse Harris, Sheryl Bailey, Gerald Hayes, Dale Barlow, Justine Clark, Phil Slater, Jackie Orsascky, Steve Hunter, James Muller and Steve Mckenna.Read more
- Expensive Habit by Mark F. Turner
February 27, 2014
Visionary Pianist & Composer Sean Wayland Releases His 23rd Album,...
September 04, 2007
Pianist Sean Wayland Releases "Expensive Habit" on Seed Records
December 06, 2006
October 21, 2006
Sean Wayland New CD 'Solo" Available Now
June 27, 2005
May 15, 2005
Keyboardist Sean Wayland Self-Releases Australian Rhythm Changes
"Music Pours easily from Sean Wayland" —Limelight CD reviews
"Superman plays for keeps" —Sydney Morning Herald CD review
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
For violin lessons, classical piano lessosn, jazz piano lessons, contemporary keyboard lessons. available during weekdays, evenings and weekends. Rate: $45/0.5 hour, $75/hour head teacher at the Australian Institute of Music for Keyboard harmony, and Piano for 2 years.
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
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