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Seán Mac Erlaine

Seán Mac Erlaine is a Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist and composer, recognised as one of Ireland's most forward-thinking jazz musicians. Seán works in a variety of settings maintaining a busy performance schedule in Ireland and internationally, working in free improvisation, contemporary jazz, folk music and experimental theatre.

An accomplished instrumentalist, Seán plays alto and soprano saxophones as well as clarinet and bass clarinet. He holds a first degree honours Masters of Music (Jazz Performance) from DIT and a Diploma in Jazz Performance awarded by The Guildhall School of Music, London. He is currently a PhD candidate at GradCAM (Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media), developing a practice-led research around live electronics in solo woodwind performance.

Seán performs with a hugely diverse range of musicians and artists reflecting his own versatility and interest in cross-platform work. Within the field of jazz he has worked with leading Irish players including Tommy Halferty, Mike Nielsen, Ronan Guilfoyle and Simon Jermyn, and international artists including Frank Gratkowski, Hayden Chisholm, Christian Weidner and Christian Skjødt. Seán has also played with a range of folk / traditional musicians including Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh, Iarla O’Lionaird, Martin Tourish, Eithne Ní Chatháin, Petter Berndalen and Lorcán Mac Mathúna. In contemporary circles he has performed with The Smith Quartet, The ConTempo Quartet, David Toop, John Godfrey (as a member of The Quiet Music Ensemble) as well as a once-off performance with Detroit techno legends Underground Resistance.

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”Mac Erlaine is consistently one of the most interesting and adventurous musicians of his generation, and his sometimes very abstract music has always preserved a human quality that engages audiences and wins him admirers in other genres.” - The Irish Times, October 2012.

“Reed-player Seán Mac Erlaine, who is involved in quite an array of creative projects in Dublin, has only recently taken to solo improvisation. This performance confirmed what had become clear even on his first public outing in that role: that he has the confidence to persue his own purposes without feeling the need to show everything he can do in every piece or to indulge in flash display

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