An experienced collaborator and sideman, Sean Pentland has worked extensively with masterful musicians from around the globe, having toured in Europe and the U.K. with saxophone greats, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Snidero, and Don Braden, European masters, Johannes Enders, Tine Schneider, and Malcolm Braff, and some of Britain’s finest: Bobby Wellins, Damon Brown, Brian Kellock, Tina May, and Kit Downes.
In 2017 Sean toured England with Damon Brown’s Quartet and later toured Egypt with the Julie Michels/Don Braden Project as part of the American University of Cairo’s Jazz Tales Festival, performing at the AUC, Tahrir Square and Alexandria’s Great Hall at Biblioteca Alexandrina. In 2014-’17, while resident bass professor in South Korea, he performed across the peninsula with visiting artists such as Danny Grissett, Jim Snidero, Sullivan Fortner, Jon Gordon, Alex Sipiagin, Alan Ferber, and Kris Allen as well as some of the finest local players such as Yoonseung Cho, Sunny Kim, Kenji Omae, and Youngjoo Song. In 2015 he appeared at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival with Berlin-based saxophonist Peter Ehwald.
Also a composer Sean has recently co-lead and contributed to a large ensemble, Canopy, which debuted some of his works at Naju Arts and Culture Hall Contemporary Music Festival in Korea. This project features adaptations for voice, strings, piano, bass, and drums and his music aims to share and connect to the musical worlds he holds most dear: the omnipresent melody and fractal intricacy of Bach, the exalted urgency of Coltrane, the otherworldly majesty of Messiaen.
After a decade out of the country Sean is currently earning a master’s at Berklee’s Global Jazz institute, where he will further develop this project in the musical and social context of his former home and share the harvest with those who have watered his roots.
Sean holds a B.M. from New England Conservatory, 2007.