John Seman is an active bassist, composer and archivist in Seattle, WA. He is a founding member and current director of the Monktail Creative Music Concern.
John was born in New Jersey and began playing the piano as a boy. While enduring public education John developed skills on trumpet, tuba, percussion, guitar and double bass and began composing and studying music theory.
John earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Ethnomusicology and Music Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied ethnomusicology with Roderic Knight, composition and theory with Randolph Coleman, Param Vir and Richard Hoffmann, and double bass with Peter Dominguez, Ralphe Armstrong and Richard Davis. While at Oberlin he also studied Sitar and North Indian vocal technique, performed in the Oberlin Gamelan Kyai Barleyan, and took lessons on West African Mandinka Kora.