Sean Malone is an American musician who plays primarily fretlessbass guitar and Chapman Stick. However, Malone also plays piano, keyboards, and guitar. Malone did a number of session jobs for various bands and musicians. He is most famous for his work in American band Cynic, in which he developed a strong partnership with the drummer Sean Reinert. Malone and Reinert played on several records together outside Cynic, making them one of the most favorable modern progressive rhythm sections.
In his early career, Malone has played as a session member for groups ranging from Brazilian jazz to English pop. His first high-level experience in metal music was with the progressive metal band Cynic from Florida. He became Cynic's bassist quite unexpectedly; Cynic had a scheduled recording of their debut album, Focus in a studio in which Sean Malone was working as an engineer as well as a producer and a session musician. Cynic's bassist at the time, Tony Choy, left Cynic shortly before the recording would take place, so the band invited Malone to do a recording session with them as a bassist. However, Sean proved to have quite a good musical chemistry with the rest of the band, and ended up touring the Focus Tour in 1993. The release has received very high critical acclaim and is considered nowadays as one of the landmark progressive metal records. After the band's first split-up, Malone has continued to work as a session bassist, performing on over fifty records to date. He has also authored four books, "Music Theory for Bassists", "Dictionary Of Bass Grooves", "Rock Bass", and "A Portrait of Jaco: The Solos Collection" (a book of transcriptions of Jaco Pastorius' bass solos) for the Hal Leonard Corporation. In the academic field, Malone has had papers on theory and music cognition published and given presentations at conferences such as the Society for Music Theory, The International Conference of Music and Gesture, and The Glenn Gould Conference, and has taught at the University of Central Missouri as assistant professor of music theory, and at Carnegie Mellon University.
He re-joined Cynic with Reinert and Masvidal in May 2008 and recorded on their comeback album titled Traced in Air, which received very high critical acclaim. However, he did not tour with the band because of his university teaching priorities. Although he hasn't been listed as a band member ever since, his future with the band is not out of the question. In September 2011, Cynic confirmed that Malone has recorded on their EP titled Carbon-Based Anatomy. On 12 December 2012, Cynic announced that the band has entered the studio to record the new album with Sean Malone on bass once again.