Sean Nowell Bio

Sean Nowell, originally from Alabama, received a BA in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition and a MA from Manhattan School of Music in Performance. He has composed and improvised film scores, music for ballet and theatre, 20th century classical music, big band, and small jazz ensembles and has pushed the timbral boundaries of the saxophone by integrating electronic effects pedals. He has traveled and collaborated with dancers, actors, painters, stilt walkers, and acrobats on multiple international tours as Musical Director for Bond Street Theatre and has represented The Akbank Istanbul Jazz Festival as their Jazz on Campus Ambassador at 12 universities around Turkey with his multimedia electro-jazz funk ensemble, The Kung-Fu Masters. With his hiphop quartet, Soul Inscribed, he recently represented the United States as an Artistic Ambassador in Russia, Indonesia, Taiwaan and Mauritius. And he just returned from a 28 performance, 5 country tour of Europe with his NYC/Stockholm acoustic jazz quintet, The New York Jazz Exchange. He is also active on the NYC live performance scene with regular engagements at Smalls, The 55 Bar, Groove, The Blue Note and The Let Love Inn. He has also recorded with Stanley Clarke and George Duke for the movie "Soul Men", co-wrote/improvised the score for the Nick Nolte movie "Off the Black" and has released the albums FIREWERKS, THE SEEKER, STOCKHOLM SWINGIN' and THE KUNG-FU MASTERS for Posi-Tone Records. For more information please visit thekungfumasters.com, thenyje.com and soulinscribed.com.