Sebastian's Brand New Piano Concerto

"The Empress"

World Premiere on June 17, '22, with the Britt Festival Orchestra

Music Director: Teddy Abrams

Sebastian's brand new Piano Concerto will receive its premiere with the composer as piano soloist at the 60th Anniversary Spectacular Opening Concert of the Britt Festival Orchestra on June 17 of this year.

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PBS Documentary - Premiere of First Symphony

Sebastian's Symphony is his unique conception of the classical symphonic form, utilizing the harmonics & aesthetics of modern orchestral music, as well as other modern influences from outside classical music, to create his own unique sound world, summarily described as a mixture of old & new techniques, styles, and sounds. The premiere of this composition, by the Louisville Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Teddy Abrams, was captured in PBS's Music Makes a City documentary series, embedded below.


Composition

Sebastian is a composer of original music. His compositions have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra.


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Listen to Sebastian's Music

Pianism

Sebastian's lifelong passion for performing has evolved into a multifaceted career as an accompanist, keyboardist, & educator. He regularly accompanies singers, instrumentalists, ensembles, & bands. He is the first-call Auxiliary Pianist of the Louisville Orchestra.


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Watch Sebastian Play Piano

Quality Bespoke Composition Musical Solutions

  • Original compositions for any instruments or ensembles
  • Solo classical piano composition(s), performance(s), or both
  • Chamber music composition & performance
  • Solo piano accompaniment for vocalists & instrumentalists
  • Recording Studio & Session Tracking
  • Orchestral Piano, Keyboard, & Synth coverage
  • Film underscore
  • Video game soundtrack
  • Original music for cross-disciplinary projects (Music +Ballet, +Theatre, +Art Installation, +Performance Art, et al.)
  • Additional services offered include but are not limited to: Arrangement, Orchestration, Transcription, Reduction, Engraving, Part-Making, Proof-reading, et al.
Sebastian sitting on a rock at Red River Gorge in Kentucky

A Brief History of Music & What Sebastian Provides As A Composer

Music's story is astounding. The way music has developed from prehistoric songs, set for voice, primitive string and percussion instruments, through its development & burgeoning under the auspices of the church, which ushered in the beginnings of the music notation/writing system, which was seized upon and guided in its evolution by the great composers of the canon, not to mention the recent rapid rise of digital music technologies, resulting in the genesis new genres & settings like film music, Hip Hop, video game soundtracks, and the impact that streaming technologies have had on the way that we purchase & consume music, is breathtaking to contemplate. Sophisticated technologies can now broadcast and stream fully produced music anywhere, instantaneously, 24/7.

A consequence to these advances, aided by the well-designed hardware & software User Interfaces of Digital Audio Workstations, plug-ins, and other audio generative tools & equipment, is that people without a theoretical understanding of the underpinnings and observable generative processes of music can produce potentially large quantities of pretty good sounding music without having a better idea of where all the levers & pulleys are, musically speaking. It took several centuries in the western world to develop a good, working writing system for music, conveyed via handwriting on parchment or paper, until recent history, and this served many purposes for composers & performers - the blueprint of the underlying structures of music are more accessible to those who are trained in reading & writing music notation. Producers who don't yet have the ability to read or write music, or who only have a passing understanding of canonical practices, can make up for these factors by becoming experts at the gear they happen to be using, though they must continually contend with obeisance, and their understanding of musical processes may be tied to the gear in such a way that prevents them from exporting it to other potential user interfaces (i.e. other instruments, other styles, et al.) Large scale structural elements, harmonic or motivic, would not be governed with control or consistency granted by canonical study, either.

Among offering quality, speed, training, & extensive in all digital musical environments, Sebastian has been rigorously trained in classical music in the old style, with an emphasis in harmony, counterpoint, analysis of canon works, and the ability to improvise. He carries with him a unique body of knowledge from his professional performance experience, which is markedly different from the knowledge that he has gained through his composition / arrangement / orchestration / transcription / engraving experience. The places that he's worked have familiarized him with the way that professional musicians in various settings operate, and this understanding he uses to interface effectively, efficiently, and accurately with other musicians on terms that they're familiar with working with. Ironically, this very familiarity with all of the basics of the working processes of both composing & performing music gives him leeway for moments of true, startling creativity in a variety of environments. This knowledge base, plus his experience, coupled with his training, invariably produces effective, fast, creative, high quality results for any project.