- July 30, 2019 at 7:00pm
- CSPS Hall
- $16 advance | $19 door
Seth Glier (pronounced “Gleer”) recorded his latest album, Birds, in an airy loft in western Massachusetts. The room’s outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the birds roosting outside the windows became a sympathetic audience while he completed the album. “I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the birds,” he says. “I’d check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.”
In fact, Birds is steeped in conflict and contradiction. The album began taking shape after Glier lost his autistic brother, Jamie, in 2015. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism, as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. The songs may range from personal to political, but they’re bound together by a sense that the world is a fragile place.
Birds is the latest album in a burgeoning career that’s included a Grammy nomination and touring with artists ranging from Ani DiFranco to Ryan Adams. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 150 live performances a year, Seth has gone from an opening act to headlining at major festivals, known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of piano and guitar. His music has caught the ears of fans, industry leaders and critics alike, with USA Today proclaiming his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” His Daytrotter session was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt Magazine, and was praised by M Music for its “shimmering, seductive melodies.”
More than a musician, Seth is also an avid activist. In 2016, he was chosen as a Child Fund Ambassador and traveled to Guatemala, where he brought music to schools in remote areas. His “Next Right Thing” was named Best Social Action Song at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, and he is also a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks.
Seth will be performing with his trio.