seth paynter was born in austin, texas in 1972. paynter is predominantly a saxophonist/composer but also has excursions as a performer, composer, director, and choreographer in dance and video. he acquired a degree in performance from the university of houston in 1995. paynter has lectured in south korea about improvisation. he has recorded 9 albums of original material of various genres, is a member of the free improvisational group the core trio, and participates with the houston composers salon.