Acoustic Music Series: Dan Moroz & Tim Seisser
What happens when two of Chicago’s most innovative instrumentalists come together to put on a program that redefines the boundaries of their respective instruments? We’re not sure either, but this will be a one-of-a-kind concert you don’t want to miss!
Chicago-based saxophonist Dan Moroz is an innovative performer, published composer, and well-regarded music educator that has built a reputation of creating engaging, emotional, and thought-provoking concert experiences. His unique style oscillates between the cerebral and the visceral, the technical and the lyrical, the traditional and the experimental, the raw and the refined; a blend of simplicity and complexity delivered in a style that is genre-defying, yet relatable and enjoyable to audiences of any variety.
Timothy Seisser grew up in Arlington Heights, IL, where he began playing bass at age thirteen. Quickly progressing technically and musically, he started gigging at age sixteen in the Chicagoland-area. As a high school senior in 2001, he traveled to New York City with the jazz big band YJED to perform at the 6th Annual Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center. That same year, Tim was named recipient of the Robert Calisch Fine Arts award.
Tim moved to Chicago in 2004 and began his career as a full-time musician. It did not take long to become one of the city’s most in-demand sidemen/bassists. His fluidity between genres has afforded him the opportunity to perform with a wide range of talent, including smooth jazz guitarist Nick Colionne, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, drummer/producer Makaya McCraven, jazz/fusion keyboardist Greg Spero, Brazilian jazz artist Luciano Antonio, and many more. Tim boasts an impressive recording resume and has appeared on recordings alongside Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Bob Minzter, Will Kennedy (The Yellowjackets), Allen Vizzutti (jazz trumpeter), and Khari Parker (Destiny’s Child, Boz Scaggs, George Benson), among others. Tim is the bassist for internationally renowned progressive rock band District 97. He also performs regularly with jazz fusion powerhouse New Nostalgia and his own trio TS3.
Wire and Wood. Tim’s first album as a leader, was released in 2008. It received acclaim from jazz reviewers and has been played on multiple Chicago-area jazz stations including WDCB and WNUA. That’s Not Jazz (2010), T.S.5 Live! (2011). and One For All (2013) soon followed. His latest solo release is Solitude (2019), which showcases his technical prowess on unaccompanied bass guitar. In the summer of 2022, Tim released his newest album, from his trio TS3, entitled “It’s Just O.K.”. The album features some of the jazz worlds biggest names including Tim Lefebvre (Bass, Producer), Donny McCaslin (Sax), Howard Levy (Harmonica) and Fareed Haque (guitar).
Tim is an alumni of Victor Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp and has had the privilege to study with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Adam Nitti, Chuck Rainey, Jeff Berlin, and Kelly Sill. Tim was a staff writer for the online publication Bass Musician Magazine. As a luthier, Tim runs his own bass guitar custom-build/repair shop, LowDown Bass Guitars. He has exhibited at many regional and national guitar shows including the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
In addition, this performance will be live painted by Lewis Achenbach in which you can check out his gallery The Sonic Story Continues, before the performance in the Sanctuary Hallway!