Since moving to Chicago in 2001, multi-instrumentalist and composer Ari Seder has been an active performer in a wide variety of genres. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, he moved to the windy city after graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in jazz guitar. As a guitarist, Ari has performed with players such as Von Freeman (recently named an NEA Jazz Master), and venues ranging from jazz clubs like Andy's and the Jazz Showcase to south side bars and the Chicago Jazz Festival. He has also performed as a leader with his own trio and has recorded 3 albums of his original compositions.
After playing jazz nearly exclusively for many years Ari began to become more eclectic, performing Klezmer and balkan music with the band Balkano at venues including the Taste of Chicago, City Winery, and the Chicago World Music Festival. In 2008 Ari began teaching himself to play the bass guitar while simultaneously immersing himself in the Chicago Blues scene.
In a relatively short period of time he has become an in-demand sideman, performing with blues artists including Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Burns, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Guy King, Rockin' Johnny, Peaches Staten, Marty Sammon, Joe Moss, Dave Herrero, Katherine Davis, Rob Blaine, Demetria Taylor, and Toronzo Cannon, in styles ranging from traditional to r&b and blues-rock. Ari has performed at all the major Chicago blues venues, from downtown clubs like Buddy Guy's Legends and the House of Blues to south side juke joints like Artis's Lounge, in addition to touring nationally and internationally. Ari still plays guitar and enjoys a well-balanced musical diet!