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Sef is the musical alias of Christian Fernández Mirón, spanish artist and educator obsessed with small instruments and intimacy. His sweet singing voice flutters over ukulele and baby piano, often engaging in spontaneous collaborations through backing choirs, shouts and cries produced by amused audience members. His heart-warming solo project was selected by Matthew Herbert in 2005’s greenspace and has since performed in gymnasiums, theatres, forests and hair salons.
A combination of the experimental and lyrical shades of twentieth-century pop, Sef’s influences span from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Meredith Monk, Bessie Smith to Thom Yorke. Extremes come together naturally in his often soothing, sometimes funny and sporadically sad tunes.
During 2010 and 2011 he and Nathaniel Robin Mann played extensively as a curious duo, performing each other’s songs together, along with material from The Wizard of Oz, Billie Holiday or traditional folk and work songs.
Sef’s latest projects have included singing in improvisation orchestra FOCO with conductors such as Fred Frith and William Parker, organising audiovisual workshops and performances with his collective ¡JA! or composing the soundtrack to Jelle Gordyn’s short film Dat Zal Het Zijn.