Musician in New Haven, Connecticut
Kevin Sherwin is a composer, guitarist, and conductor, with performances including his solo debuts as guitarist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Regent Hall in London, England. He has written music for films that have screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival, NYC Chain Film Festival, and others. He wrote the score for James Patrick Nelson’s short films “Without Touch” and "Waking Up," which are both streaming on Dekkoo/Amazon. Recently, he served on the Jury for the Alacran Music in Film Award for the 2022 Miami Film Festival, and was a curatorial intern for the festival, working with Executive Director Jaie Laplante on the programming selections for the narrative Feature Film categories.
As a conductor, he is co-founder and Principal Conductor of the American Romantics, an orchestral collective dedicated to re-imagining performance practices for new contexts and original composition projects. As well, he is the Associate Artistic Director of the American Baroque Orchestra, through which he conceived and directed the project “Hebrew Song and Splendor: Music of the Esnoga,” which featured premiere recordings of rare manuscripts from the 18th century Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam.
In musical theater, he was a featured lyricist and composer at the “The Passing Show,” produced by Ben West at the Pershing Square Signature Theater. He also served as the conductor and guitarist for the YoungArts Gala at the Met, working with Music Director and Tony Honoree Michael McElroy in an interdisciplinary performance at the Temple of Dendur. Other concert highlights include performing at Joe’s Pub and with violist Mark Bailey at the University of Cambridge. He has been a music researcher for Steve Miller in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and served as an Educational Ambassador for Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program.
Kevin has also enjoyed composing music in collaboration with the visual arts, in projects with the Bruce Museum and YoungArts' "do it" (home), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. His recent EP with vocalist Joshua Banbury is titled “Forgotten Folklore,” which shares the stories and music of America’s forgotten communities. The EP was featured in the New Haven Independent and The Arts Salon podcast, and its album artwork by Bruno Leydet was showcased at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NYC, presented by Craven Contemporary.