Bio

Sean Winnik was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1991.  Since middle school he has been slowly perfecting what it means to balance being a scientist and an artist.  While music has not been his sole focus, the necessity of being around/playing music has undoubtedly helped guide decisions throughout his life.  

In 2010 Sean enrolled in Wesleyan University, after attending Oakwood Elementary and Oakwood High School.  At Wesleyan he majored in Neuroscience and Behavior.  In the summer of 2012 he working in the Gay Crooks lab at UCLA, researching novel t-cell development in transplanted murine thymic tissue.  He joined the Gloster Aaron Lab as a 3rd-year at Wesleyan, studying the effects of heat increases on epileptic activity and will continue this work through 2015.  In Spring 2015 he completed a Masters program at Wesleyan University, continuing his research to examine the mechanisms by which specific pathways of epileptic activity develope.

 In 4th grade Sean began his study of the saxophone.  It took years before he was able to appreciate just how fortunate he was to have this opportunity.  For all of of middle school and high school he played in multiple school jazz bands eventually playing lead tenor in the big band, becoming a member of the small combo and playing bass clarinet in the Neums Septet - an highly improvisatory new-music chamber ensemble - his senior year.  His 6 years under close instruction by Ivan Johnson (CalArts BFA &MFA) greatly shaped his understanding and outlook on what music and a musician is and should be: always progressive, critical, imaginative.  At Wesleyan University Sean expanded his musical activity.  He played saxophone in a Aaron Burr and the Hamiltones (ska), Northpaw (funk), and Let's Party Hats! Hats! Hats! (hardcore).  He also played guitar in Let's Party Hats! Hats! Hats! and bass guitar in Dead Babe (indie rock).  He tried his hand at composition, mostly composing for solo instruments and small wind ensembles; a collection of solo saxophone pieces was released in June 2014.  He has recently began recording his first collection of experimental sound-sculpture compositions Preludes in Sculpture.

Currently Sean is living in Oakland, CA teaching at Aim High, and in the second shift is mixing a handful of friends' music and continuing to construct/recording his compositions.