UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Seth Parker Woods

Portrait of Seth Parker Woods, Ph.D., standing in a hallway.

Seth Parker Woods, Ph.D.

UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2021-22

  • PhD, Performance Research, University of Huddersfield, UK 
  • MM, Specialized, Performance for Soloists and Chamber Music, Musik Academie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland 
  • BM, Cello Performance, Brooklyn College 

Notable Awards

  • Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Scholar Award
  • Concours [Re]connaisance- Premiere Prix 
  • Musical America Artist of the Month 
  • NewCity Magazine Top 45 Influential Chicago Musicians

Pronouns: He/him/his

Email: sethwood@buffalo.edu

Office Phone: 716-645-0622

Office/Studio: 646 Clemens Hall / 214 Baird; UB North

Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace,” Dr. Seth Parker Woods is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar. He has established himself as an in-demand soloist, chamber musician, curator and educator both stateside in the USA, Europe and Asia. A fierce advocate for contemporary music and interdisciplinary arts, his collaborators have included the Atlanta and Seattle Symphony’s, Basel Ballet, Berlin Staatsballet, Ictus Ensemble, Tate Modern, Aldo Tambellini, and Adam Pendleton. His latest body of work and research revolves around intersections of interdisciplinary performance, acoustic ecologies, migration storytelling, as well as choreographic archiving, translation and performance. At present he is at work on his first monograph, ICED BODIES: A Performative Rebirth, which chronicles the evolution of his performance/sound installation with collaborator Spencer Topel. He is also developing new musical works for his solo show Difficult Grace, which serve as a commentary on The Great Migration, translation, acts of adornment and the human condition. 

In 2020-21, he was a lecturer in Cello Performance and Chamber Music/Artist in Residence at the University of Chicago.

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Interdisciplinary art — installation, performance, wearable technologies, dance, sound projection; queer/LGBTQ history and studies; acoustic ecologies; linguistic translation/storytelling and movement archiving; community engagement through music with immigrant communities and communities of color; mentorship