For the past ten years, Sean Murphy has been a fixture on the music scene of Memphis. No genre has remained untouched by his tuba and didgeridoo or slew of other instruments. Whether performing in a classical brass quintet, small jazz combo, electrified world-rock ensemble, hip-hop band, modern dance group, or full symphony orchestra; Sean is equally at home. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe with such notables as The Meters, Galactic, Robert Randolph, Paul Winter, William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, and Clyde Stubblefield.
During the summer of 2002, Sean became heavily involved in the Memphis dance scene, performing and composing for several concerts over a few short months and becoming one of the primary dance musicians in the region. In February of 2003, Sean had his first collaboration with choreographer Anne Wike in a performance of the Metal Velvet Dance Project. This collaboration sealed their friendship along with solidifying their future artistic relationship.
Teaching primarily private lessons in tuba and euphonium, Sean has maintained a studio of 10 to 15 students for the past ten years. Early on, he was recognized by the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts as an Outstanding Teacher. He began working as a teaching artist with Anne Wike in 2003, culminating in the forming of Being:Art, LLC after several residencies. He is also a music consultant for the University of Memphis and the Dimensions Foundation of Nebraska.
Sean recorded his first solo album of original compositions on his own label, Patient Productions, in 2003. He recently finished his second solo album, Breath of Invocation, released in November 2004 on Patient Productions. He composed, performed, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered all the music for both albums.
During the summer of 2003, Sean hiked 1000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in California. Being on this trail helped him to reestablish old ties with the natural world in which he lives. Since the trail, Sean has been focusing his considerable energies on distilling his experience with Nature into multi-disciplinary art and teaching that is accessible to the general public. By giving others a chance to connect with Nature through Art, Sean believes that a spark can be created that will help people to reconnect themselves to the natural world around them.