Shannon Sea is a Bahamian-American composer, sound artist, and sonic activist. Her compositions are deeply influenced by the avant-garde aesthetic, electronic music, Taoism, and her Afro-Caribbean roots. Sea's works explore themes of nature, spirituality, Afro-futurism, and self-exploration. She seeks to create sound worlds that fuse together acoustic and electronic means of expression.
In 2020, Sea formed an ensemble to serve as a performance outlet for her avant-garde and experimental compositions. The Shannon Sea Ensemble's core instrumentation consists of a piano, synthesizer, two violins, a viola, and a cello. The Ensemble will be featured on Sea's forthcoming debut EP, The Space Between, and in her performance art and sound installation pieces. When Sea is not performing with the Ensemble, she performs her solo works on piano and synthesizer.
Sea views listening as a form of activism and meditation. She believes that sound can heal and expand one's consciousness. Sea regularly hosts sound healing and sound meditation sessions in Berlin, in which she performs an experimental live-set using synthesizers, field recordings, improv, sound design, and the language of classical music.
Largely self-taught, Sea began studying music theory and composition in 2017, after a career in law. She launched her music career in 2019, and her debut EP, The Space Between, will be released in 2021. Sea will start touring after the release of The Space Between.
Sea's influences are Harold Budd, Alice Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Eliane Radigue, Nina Simone, and Toru Takemitsu.