Dave Seidel was born in Hudson, NY in 1958 and received a BA in Music Theory & Composition from Simon’s Rock College in 1978, studying with Larry Wallach and Thom Lipiczky. He also studied classical guitar with Edward Flower for a time.
In the 1980s he played electric guitar in the Downtown NYC new music scene, working in ensembles led by composers Lois V Vierk, Scott Johnson, Guy Klucevsek, and Bill Obrecht, and co-leading the band People Falling. He premiered the electric version of Vierk’s 五 Guitars (Go Guitars) for five microtonally-tuned guitars, live and on Simoom (Experimental Intermedia CD, 1990), and recorded Vierk’s Red Shift on River Beneath the River (Tzadik CD, 2000). He performed at a wide variety of venues, ranging from night clubs (CBGB, Mudd Club) to downtown performance spaces (The Kitchen, Dia Art Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop) to concert halls (New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Minneapolis’ Walker Arts Center) and at several new music festivals (New Music America in Los Angeles, Bang On A Can in New York, and Styrian Autumn in Graz, Austria).
Since 2004, Seidel has been focused on composing and performing electronic music, usually with a microtonal and/or drone emphasis. Starting in 2009, he spent several years actively participating in the northern New England improv scene at venues such as 119 Gallery, and XFest. He has presented his solo and collaborative work at Electronic Music Midwest, SEAMUS, North Country Electronic Music Festival, PVDLoopFest, and The Thing in the Spring. He also does live sound design for Greg Kowalski’s Machine 5 Theatre Works. He lives in Peterborough, NH.
The work of digital media artist GREG KOWALSKI lies at the intersection of theater and performance art. His performance pieces incorporate interactive video projection systems of his own design that use movement, light or sound to create live visuals. Greg has also projected for numerous sound artists using his systems. The ability to create images through performance is essential to his concept of live projection.
In 2014 he founded Machine 5 Theatre Works and staged an adaptation of Sarah Kane’s “Crave ” which received the Excellence Award for directing at the 2014 International New York Fringe Festival. In 2016 he directed an adaptation of Beckett’s “Play”. In 2019 he staged “Between the Day and the Night”, a performance he wrote and directed based on found footage of French master Georges Rouault burning 300 of his paintings in a factory furnace.
Greg was the co-founder of the interdisciplinary Qfwfq duo (1997 – 2010). In 2017 he filmed “7 Images”, a collection of seven performances by Peter J. Wood released by Invocation Films.
Factory Streams: Live Vids for Covid is a live-stream concert series featuring experimental, electronic, free jazz, noise, and other genre-bending musicians based in Columbus, OH and elsewhere. All of the performances in the series are streamed from our official Twitch account: twitch.tv/thefusefactory.