Sebastian is a guitarist, songwriter, composer, arranger and educator. In his original projects he often includes musical elements from his Colombian roots rubbing against elements of urban New York City life: multi-cultural mesh, recycling, discarding, minor epiphanies, major cacophonies and modern jazz and other languages. His main personal projects are Coba (songwriting project) and The Cheap Landscape Trio (instrumental) with which he has released three acclaimed CDs. His compositions have awarded him a Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer in 2010 and an ASCAP award in 2002. He has scored several plays by directors Pedro Salazar and Javier Gutierrez, documentaries, short animation, and feature film “Buscando a Miguel”.
Sebastian has performed at several beautiful and exciting venues, as well as sketchy and random locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Colombia. Some venues include the Mozart-Saal from Vienna’s Kozerthaus, Joe’s Pub, BAM Café, Symphony Space, Summer Stage-Central Park in New York, A-Trane in Berlin, Jazz al Parque and el Anónimo in Bogotá, among many others.
Sebastian has a Master degree in jazz guitar performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a BFA in jazz guitar from the City College of New York.
A dedicated educator, Sebastian teaches private lessons as well as classes at the Brooklyn Guitar School and teaches for LEAP, an organization that offers arts-based programs to enhance the core curriculum throughout New York City’s Public Schools. He has also has taught Colombian music performance at Columbia University.