Author: Sean Griffin
Credits: Chris Qua EMPC

"My work involves operatic, theatrical, movement-based rhythm and dream-like sonic interpretations of primary source archives housed in museums and libraries around the world. I instrumentalize information and ephemera made available through acts of congress and uncovered by contemporary historians that illuminate the often bizarre material and theoretical cultures of science, corporate control, contemporary and vintage psychology and also games."

Composer and Director Sean Griffin lives and works in Los Angeles. Encompassing many languages, styles, media and forms, Griffin's unique compositional works rely on interdisciplinary incongruities positioned at the intersection of sound, action, performance and the archive. His works manifest as electronic music, large and small-scale operas, collaborative installations, complex numeric choreographies and uniquely tuned acoustic concert music.


His works have been commissioned and presented internationally by venues including Los Angeles' REDCATArmand Hammer Museum, and LACMA,June in BuffaloBerlin's VolksbuhneSecession Vienna, London's Royal Academy and the Tate ModernFestival d'AvignonTaipei City Arts Festival,Walker Art CenterCentre Pompidou, and Festival BOM 2010 in Seoul, Korea, the Whitney Biennial, EMPAC and the MATA Festival. He recieved an MFA from CalArts and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He studied with Mel PowellChaya Czernowin and George Lewis.