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Composer Seth Bedford likes wandering the West Village in search of coffee and is passionately committed to daydreaming. He is entirely too enthusiastic about Mid-Century Modern design and architecture, 1930’s Weimar Kabarett, 1960’s French Pop, attempting to paint, and pretending to learn new languages. When he is not doing those things, he composes silly music and teaches elementary aged children to do the same.
His formal music education began in a West Texas public elementary school, where he eventually began studying the cello. Since those days, he’s added piano, viola and percussion to his list of instruments taking up space in his apartment. And, though a miserable and easily distracted student himself, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Dan Welcher and Kevin Puts. Since then, he’s been dedicated to connecting schools and communities to composers and new music.
He’s inspired by a variety of sources, but most particularly composers like Scott Joplin, Kurt Weill, and Tom Waits. And, he’s been fortunate enough to work with some outstanding artists and ensembles like pianist James Adler, clarinetist Angela Shankar, vaudevillians Brent Weldon Reno and Kim Smith, theatricals The Peculiar Works Project, Belgian chanteuse Micheline van Houtem, and the Queer Urban Orchestra and The Chelsea Symphony to name a few. In fact, his “Christopher Street Rag” for piano will be released this spring on the compact disc "James Adler and Friends" through PARMA Recordings on their Navona Records label, distributed exclusively through Naxos. Both his concert and cabaret music has now been performed across the United States and Europe. He’s also working on an opera. We shall see when that gets finished. www.reverbnation.com/sethbedfordcomposer