Seth Farber was born into music. Raised in New York City by his mother, a piano teacher, and his father, a music afficionado and amateur violinist, Seth discovered his affinity for the piano at the age of four. It's no wonder that years later he'd find himself one of the busiest keyboard players in Manhattan. Since 1984, Seth could be heard playing in the blues, rock and jazz clubs, piano bars, theatres and studios around town. In 1988 he joined the band of rock/blues sensation Willy "Mink" DeVille as musical director. A veteran of more than 20 European tours, he's a featured player on the 1993 CD " Willy DeVille Live " which was certified gold in Europe.
Over the past 15 years Seth has also recorded and performed with artists Odetta, Billy Joel, Cliff Eberhardt, Joan Osborne, Phoebe Snow, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Chip Taylor, Curtis Stigers, Chuck Jackson, Popa Chubby, Alejandro Escovedo, Little Steven, Liz Queler and many others.
From 1997-1999 Seth worked on the Broadway show "Smokey Joe's Cafe" as conductor, pianist and synthesist. From 1999-2001 he played in the orchestra of the Broadway show "Fosse".
From 2002-present, he has been assistant conductor and keyboardist for the Broadway show "Hairspray".
Seth has played on and produced the last 3 Odetta CD's, 2 of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Always a composer in his own right, Farber has scored a number of animated films for high definition TV. His songs have been heard on numerous TV networks including HBO, MTV, The Disney Channel, The Travel Channel, VH1, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, and CMTV. However it was with the critically acclaimed 1996 release of "Late One Night", Seth's solo piano CD, that it finally became apparent just how special his talents are. "Late One Night" nods in the direction of Dr. John, Professor Longhair and jazz legend Gene Harris, blending New Orleans blues, jazz and ragtime into a soulful piano gumbo. As described by Dirty Linen, "Farber's debut as a solo artist is nothing short of excellent".
In April 2000 Seth was the Music Director for the PBS special PianoGrand, a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the piano. Some of the artists on the program were Billy Joel, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cyrus Chestnut, Diana Krall, Marcus Roberts, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Toshiko Akiyoshi.
Late Night with David Letterman (CBS)
The Today Show (NBC)
Good Morning America (ABC)
CBS Saturday Morning
The Ainsley Harriott Show (NBC)
PianoGrand 300 (PBS)
Many TV appearances in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, and Belgium.
Seth has played on more than 75 CD's.