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Seth Paris

Seth Paris was in residence at Metal Liverpool from 15 May to 6 June 2009

Seth Paris is an accomplished musician, music educator, audiovisual archivist and recordist currently living in New York City.  He is sought after as a versatile performer in a wide range of styles including jazz, big band, avant-garde, classical, various Afro-Pop genres, and Rock & Roll.

His interest in an eclectic and diverse collection of music styles has also become an academic pursuit of researching, collecting and archiving brass music from around the world.  Prior to his residency with Metal in Liverpool, Seth spent a year in Accra, Ghana as a result of receiving the 2007/2008 Fulbright Grant working in audio preservation and ethnomusicology.

Seth’s residency with Metal in Liverpool in June 2009 began an initial exploration into the potential of creating an organisation to safeguard the international legacy of brass band music.  He spent three weeks working with Metal’s Ian Brownbill, himself an accomplished cornet player (Black Dyke Mill Band, Tori Amos)  exploring ideas and partnerships across the UK that would promote brass music education around the world.  He also worked on developing some new work with the Liverpool Youth Brass Band and the Williams Fairey Brass Band on music improvisations that combined African folk and traditional brass band jazz.

The resulting music was performed by Seth and the Liverpool Youth Orchestra Metal’s 2009 Village Green festival in Southend on Sea.

Seth’s most recent project in New York created the No Small Money Brass Band (, The band comprises of some of the top instrumentalists in NYC–including members of the Arcade Fire, Antibalas, Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, Saturday Night Live Band, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  It has already caused a stir on the New York party scene since its inception in Feb 2009.