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Bert Seager & The Why Not

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 6:30 PM at Gordon Hall


ALL TICKETS $30


CONCERT & DINNER PASS $70

Including 5 PM dinner at the Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark—Classic American comfort fare, seasonal—and 6:30 PM Twilight Concert at Music Mountain. Must be purchased by 3 PM on Friday prior to concert.

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Bert Seager & The Why Not

The Why Not is a chamber-jazz quartet featuring piano, clarinet, upright bass, and hand percussion. These instruments bring listeners into unexpected sonic landscapes mixing rhythms from diverse cultures. Pianist Bert Seager is on the jazz faculty at the New England Conservatory and was a three-time recipient of the prestigious MacDowell Colony fellowship. His compositions are filled with “effervescent optimism” (Cadence Magazine).

Pianist and composer Bert Seager has been a leading player on the jazz scene in Boston since 1981. His seventeen compact discs have won him unanimous critical acclaim from the New York Times, Keyboard Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and many other publications.

Bert Seager has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries Joe Lovano, Tim Hagans, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Joe Hunt, Richie Barshay, John Lockwood and Kazumi Ikenaga. He has toured with his band extensively both in the United States and internationally in Hungary, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Peru, Canada, Israel, and Jordan. He has played in Japan sixteen times.

The Why Not is a chamber-jazz quartet featuring piano, clarinet, upright bass, and hand percussion. These instruments bring listeners into unexpected sonic landscapes not usually associated with improvised jazz. Combined in new ways with dance rhythms from many cultures, the music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes. The joyful expression of this musical intimacy, the shimmering transparency of the sound, and the sense that these musicians are as much involved in listening as in playing makes for compelling and memorable performances.

"Seager has distilled his lyrical approach into perfectly balanced and unfailingly beautiful music full of quiet subtleties.”
— The Boston Phoenix