M I C H A E L
S E B A S T I A N
Michael Sebastian improvises organic dance music.
His music has the structure of modern electronic; the freedom of jazz, and the depth of world music.
F L O W
Sebastian’s work is centred around improvisation, collaboration, and powerful live experiences.
He developed his craft playing on the streets of London, and after releasing ‘Kayanda’ in 2018,
busked his way back from Berlin, surviving through music.
His experiences on street have enabled him to perform in many settings.
Raves. Festivals. Sofar Sounds. Gigs. Club Nights.
Somerset House and the V&A Museum.
Meditation & Sound Healing.
A tour of Bali in 2019 saw Sebastian playing with local musicians; honouring their work
with an improvised show in a temple, which featured everything from Djembe,
to Balinese dance, to Mongolian throat singing.
B A L I
L I V E
Bringing improvised collaboration back to London
saw the inception of two live formats:
‘We Just Play’, a loop-based, multi-disciplinary jam night.
‘Flow’; a club night where musicians improvise to fuel the dance-floor.
Then an 'immersive gig' was developed through his Edinburgh Fringe show,
“Everything Is Improvised” which was aimed at unlocking the audience’s inner musician.
C O L L A B S
When Krug Champagne teamed up with Gibson Guitars to release their 2006 Vintages,
Sebastian was invited to interpret champagne into music.
The music in the video is inspired by the 2006 Grande Cuvée;
focussing on celebration, rich texture, and expression.
K R U G X G I B S O N
R E S I D E N C Y
An artist residency with PlayClub in Hull explored the importance of play
and re-imagined industrial landscapes as playgrounds.
The week established the framework for a live improvised music video.
A R T I S T R E S I D E N C Y
D A N C E
As resident musician at the London School of Contemporary Dance,
Michael has learnt how to create music from movement,
being commissioned to compose for both dancers and companies:
A hip-hop/contemporary piece on the immigrant experience in London by Talawa Theatre Company.
A collaboration between The Place and CSM deconstructing a night out from inside a telephone box.
D A N C E
A F R I C A & B E Y O N D
In January he begins an African tour in his hometown of Cape Town to collaborate with a local Xhosa artist,
before travelling to Ethiopia and Mali to study traditional African music with local musicians.
Soaking in a fresh sound and perspective,
ready to take on the dance-floors of 2020.