Seidel - Berthiaume Duo

The 1st Seidel-Berthiaume project was IF YOU AND I AWAKENING (Open Path 2007), a song cycle based on ee cummings’ poems and poems by Dickinson and Neruda.  The latest project, CALLING YOU (Flying Rabbit, 2014), is a collection of Americana, stretching from Stephen Collins Foster to Adam Guettel, Jeanine Tesori, Fred Hersch, and others. Ms. Seidel and Mr. Berthiaume are currently booking live concerts in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and are preparing their first DVD.

CATHERINE SEIDEL—Singer-songwriter Catherine Seidel has a gift for melody that embraces her rich and often profound poetry/lyrics. Her music deals with universal themes, seen through the eyes of a distinctive personal character. Ms. Seidel works in a broad range of musical styles from jazz/art song to classical music. As a regular performer with the San Francisco ensemble Adesso she has sung modern chamber music and works by living composers including John Harbison's "Mirabai Songs" and music by Bob Becker. Her most recent performances and recordings of the works of pianist/composer Denny Berthiaume include his song cycles from the poetry of ee cummings and Pablo Neruda. This collection of songs, entitled IF YOU AND I AWAKENING, was released on CD by Open Path Music in December 2007. She appears on several recordings of original music by the sextet Departure—12 SONGS, THE OPEN PATH, and THROUGH THE TREES-- on the same label. Her solo CD, STILL WATERS, also appears on Open Path Music. Ms. Seidel is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice; she also trains horses in the classical sport of dressage. 

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DENNY BERTHIAUME, piano, grew up outside Washington D.C. and Chicago. He is the only non-California native in the group although San Francisco is his home. He has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, and Ed Thigpen. He recorded 4 albums as co-leader of the successful fusion group Solar Plexus. He has appeared at jazz festivals in Monterey, the Russian River, San Jose, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He is a retired professor in literature and music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, and a published playwright.  Contact Denny at

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