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San Francisco, California, United States

Seal Party at Seal Party with Matthew Charles Heulitt and Cornelius Boots @ Spirit PHG (After Bingo)

Seal Party, Matthew Charles Heulitt, Cornelius Boots

Sunday, May 28, 2023
8:00 PM

Seal Party with Matthew Charles Heulitt and Cornelius Boots @ Spirit PHG (After Bingo)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Seal Party: Did some good arise from the quarantine? Maybe. For session musicians Chris McGrew and Kevin Seal, formerly of GRIDDLE, found themselves with free reign of the studio. Not just any studio — San Francisco’s Wally’s HydeOut at Hyde Street Studios, aka the old Wally Heider Studios, where artists ranging from the Dead Kennedys to the Grateful Dead to Herbie Hancock recorded some of their most legendary sides.

This gift of time let them build a dream scenario. “Let’s bring our long-simmering songs to a boil, and invite our friends to add their spices.” Soon, world-class horn players, violinists, organists, and singers were arriving, squirting hand sanitizer onto their mitts, and throwing their best ideas into the mix.

Music Video:



Classic Rock, Soul, Steely Dan meets Talking Heads

Cornelius Boots

Cornelius’ love affair with reeds–and later, bamboo–began at age 9. With an alter-ego as a drummer, he brings a percussive, driving spirit to all of his Western woodwinding, most notably the bass clarinet. In 1997 he completed the first of three music degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (BM Classical Clarinet), in addition to an audio degree (BS Audio Recording). In 1999 he completed a MM in Jazz Studies and in 2012, a shihan (master) from his shakuhachi teacher Grandmaster Michael Chikuzen Gould.