Over the past decade, William Seiji Marsh has contributed his guitar skills to many of the Pacific Northwest’s up-and-coming and staple artists. From his work with Portland’s indie-rock favorites, Lost Lander, to the formative experience of touring the United States, Europe and Australia with platinum-record selling swing/rock outfit Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, to playing sold-out shows in Tokyo, Seoul and Macau with Billboard-topping songwriter and chanteuse Halie Loren, William has had numerous and diverse opportunities that have instilled in him a versatile and intuitive musical instinct. Currently, William finds himself touring internationally with Pink Martini as their backup guitarist, as well as traveling across the nation with Portland’s powerhouse guitarist/singer/songwriter/whistler, Edna Vazquez.
Between performances, William maintains a private guitar studio at the Falcon Art Community in N. Portland, where he coaches guitarists of all ages. He finds great joy in walking students through the same challenges of musicianship that have brought him such a fulfilling career in music. He has taught guitar at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and is currently an instructor of guitar at Portland’s Reed College. Prior to relocating to Portland, he was co-owner/-director of Harmony Roadhouse Music Studios in Eugene, Ore., where he also maintained a private studio.
William is an avid builder and tinkerer. In his spare time, he enjoys building and modifying music electronics, including guitar effect pedals and tube amplifiers. William enjoys spending time in the outdoors when he has the opportunity.