Sean Mackenzie

Born: May 5, 1967    Primary Instrument: Piano

Sean Mackenzie

Sean Mackenzie began playing the piano at the age of 9, by 11 he was performing his original works in competitions and by 15 had started performing professionally with jazz and rock bands. Since graduating from Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1987 he has travelled widely composing, performing and teaching. With influences from all corners of the world, Sean’s music travels from one hemisphere to another and back again, connecting with people from around the world and exploring their voices. The beauty of Sean Mackenzie’s music is its undulating melodies, profound harmonies and creative improvisation...
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“Mackenzie is a master storyteller. Every piano solo is a deftly shaped little narrative that unfolds compellingly from one note to the next. Those who have been enthralled by his work as foil to guitarist Lulo Reinhardt should enjoy Mackenzie’s own music, here consisting of nine Brazilian-flavoured originals. These are realised with bassist Christopher Soulos and drummer Calvin Welch, who mostly adopt an unusually minimalist approach, so the focus is kept on the compassion of those piano and electric piano stories. On Friends, Mackenzie swaps to thumb piano for a delightful introduction to a jazzier piece, while his berimbau playing on the title track almost steals the show.”
John Shand The Sydney Morning Herald

“… Besides Lulo, there were three compelling reasons for this: Sydney-sourced pianist (well, multi-instrumentalist, truthfully) Sean Mackenzie probably foremost among them. Mackenzie is so dazzling, he rivals Lulo for TKO performance. The constantly competitive, good-natured playoff, between the two, is nothing short of scintillating; a thrill a minute, as they push themselves and each other into new territory and to ever more dizzying new heights. This is, clearly, what keeps the band alive, kicking and in such high spirits: there’s a palpable sense of mischievous fun….” Lloyd Bradford (Brad) Syke Australia Stage Online

“…the violinist’s ability to create transporting lines was matched by Mackenzie’s to plait dense rhythmic knots, and then untangle them into melodics denouements…” John Shand The Sydney Morning Heral
Couch Invaders (2011)
Brasil (2011)
Off 2 C The Planet (2002)
Talking to Myselves (2000)

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Enschede Conservatorium of Music - Enschede, The Netherlands.
Escola de Musica - Brasilia, Brazil
JMC - Sydney, Australia

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Kurzweil SP2X, Korg Wavestation A/D, Nord Electro, Hugh Tracey Kalimbas, Cooperman Pandeiro, Berimbau

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Featured recording “Brasil”

Self Produced (2011)

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