Sean Quinn is a composer, improviser and flautist based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently a student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he studies Composition under the tutelage of Melody Eötvös. His practice is built around a mixture of complex, fixed/graphic notations that bend the regularities of music notation and performability, leading to intentionally visceral and highly personal presentations of his work.
Sean’s flute playing endeavours have led him down the paths of purely New Music, with an interest in relationships with living composers – especially those emerging and those part of under-represented communities. His personal performance project, Living Lights, engages with the use of Solo Flute with/without Electronics by female Australian composers including Cat Hope, Liza Lim, Samantha Wolf and Josephine Macken amongst others. His interest in the dimensions of extended-techniques have drawn him to the contemplative and undefined.
Sean’s outspoken and ambitious character precedes him with a string of commissions forming quickly across 4 continents. His works have been performed nationally and internationally, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Iwaki Auditorium. He has plans to tour the US and UK in 2021 to showcase much of his growing output. He has worked with trumpet-player Thomas Saar, bassoonist James Aylward and percussion collective Speak Percussion, amongst others.
His work is often associated with the new complexity, and seeks to expands upon the dimension of musicianship, as well as the facets of music’s imperfection; usually asking for attention to proximity, emotional response and relationships between his music and the musician performing it. It is usually centred around collaboration and textual influences, as well as interdisciplinary relationships within performance and score presentation. He is passionate about the harnessing of the unpredictable and the empowering of the unchecked, as well as the ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’ qualities of every musician.
‘With my two arms, I do not aspire to to touch the sky.’Sappho