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Wayne Horvitz
Wayne (*1955) is a composer, pianist and electronic musician who has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He is the leader of the Gravitas Quartet, Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, The Four plus One Ensemble and co-founder of the New York Composers Orchestra. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, George Lewis, Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Michael Shrieve and Carla Bley, among others. Commissioners include the NEA, Meet the Composer, Kronos String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, BAM, and Earshot Jazz. Collaborators include Paul Taylor, Liz Lerman, Bill Irwin and Gus Van Sant. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including two MAP grants and the NEA American Masterpiece award. Recent compositions include The Heartsong of Charging Elk based on the novel by James Welch and 55: Music and Dance in Concrete: a site-specific collaboration with dancer Yukio Suzuki and video artist Yohei Saito. He is the music programmer for The Royal Room, a performance venue in Seattle, Washington, and a professor of composition at the Cornish College of the Arts.
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Locus Solus
Rift RIFT 7
recorded May 1983 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
John Zorn, soprano sax, alto sax, clarinet
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond organ
Ikue Mori, drums
Cobra (studio version)
Hat Hut CD 2-60401
recorded May 1986 in New York/USA
John Zorn, prompter
Jim Staley, trombone
Carol Emanuel, harp
Zeena Parkins, harp
Bill Frisell, guitar
Elliott Sharp, guitars, voice
Arto Lindsay, guitar, voice
Anthony Coleman, piano, harpsichord, celeste, Yamaha organ
Wayne Horvitz, piano, Hammond organ, celeste, DX7
David Weinstein, mirage, celeste
Guy Klucevsek, accordion
Bob James, tapes
Christian Marclay, turntables
Bobby Previte, percussion
John Zorn Filmworks
Elektra Nonesuch 9 79270-2
recorded in New York City/USA
released 1988
Bobby Previte, drums, marimba, keyboards, vocals
Bill Frisell, banjo, guitar
Josh Dubin, pedal steel guitar
Guy Klucevsek, accordion
Wayne Horvitz, piano, Hammond organ, harmonica
Ray Anderson, tuba, trombone
Carol Emanuel, harp
Joey Baron, drums
Jim Mussen, drums
Robin Holcomb
Elektra Nonesuch 7559-60983-1
recorded 1990 in Seattle, WA/USA
Robin Holcomb, piano, vocals
Doug Wieselman, clavinet, tenor sax, guitar
Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano, synthsizer, harmonica
Bill Frisell, guitar
Dave Hofstra, bass, tuba
Danny Frankel, drums, percussion
Claude's Late Morning
Gramavision 18-8811-1
recorded April 1987 in New York City/USA
released 1992
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond organ
David Weinstein, keyboards
Bill Frisell, guitar
Robert Quine, guitar
Marty Ehrlich, tenor sax, clarinet
Tom Varner, French horn
Jorn Zorn, alto sax
Fred Frith, bass
David Hofstra, bass
Robert Previte, drums, percussion
Nana Vasconcelos, percussion
Shelly Hirsch, voice
Elektra Musician 9 61289-2
recorded in New York, NY and Hoboken, NJ/USA
released 1992
Robin Holcomb, piano, vocals
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond organ
Dave Hofstra, bass, tuba
Marty Ehrlich, tenor sax
Art Baron, trombone
Doug Wieselman, guitar, tenor sax
Stew Cutler, guitar
Danny Frankel, drums
Alan Bezozi, tambourine
CMP Records CMPCD 67
recorded November 1993 in Seattle, WA/USA
released 1994
Michael Shrieve, drums
Bill Frisell, guitar
Wayne Horvitz, organ
Two Doors
CMP Records CMP CD 74
recorded tracks 1 to 8: May 1995 in Zerkall/Germany
tracks 9 to 19: November 1993 in Seattle, WA/USA
released 1995
Michael Shrieve, drums
Bill Frisell, guitar
Shawn Lane, guitar, voice
Wayne Horvitz, organ
Jonas Hellborg, bass
Cold Spell
Knitting Factory Works KFW 201
recorded in Seattle, WA/USA
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond B-3 organ
Timothy Young, guitar
Fred Chalenor, bass
Andy Roth, drums
Tzadik TZ 7316-4
recorded September 1981 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
John Zorn, soprano sax, alto sax, clarinet
Eugene Chadbourne, guitar
Bill Horvitz, guitar
George Lewis, trombone
Robert Dick, flute
Anthony Coleman, organ, piano
Wayne Horvitz, Farfisa organ, harmonica
Mark Kramer, organ, synthesizer
Polly Bradfield. violin
Tom Cora, cello
Bill Laswell, bass
David Moss, drums, percussion, voice
Downtown Lullaby
Depth of Field DOF 2
recorded in New York, NY/USA
John Zorn, alto sax
Wayne Horvitz, keyboards, Hammond organ, piano
Elliott Sharp, guitars
Bobby Previte, drums
Brand Spankin' New
Knitting Factory Records KFR-223

Wayne Horvitz, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer, piano
Timothy Young, guitar
Fred Chalenor, bass
Andy Roth, drums
Good Dog Happy Man
Nonesuch 7559-79536-2
recorded in Burbank, CA/USA
Bill Frisell, guitars
Greg Leisz, steels, guitar, mandolin
Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano, samples
Viktor Krauss, bass
Jim Keltner, drums, percussion
Upper Egypt
Knitting Factory Works KFR-259
recorded July 1999 in Seatgtle, WA/USA
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer, Wurlitzer piano
Timothy Young, guitar
Keith Lowe, bass
Andy Roth, drums
The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró
Tzadik Records TZA 7072
recorded July 2001 in New York City/USA
Bobby Previte, drums, percussion, vibes
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax
Lew Soloff, trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn
Ralph Alessi, flugelhorn, trumpet
Michel Gentile, flute
Ned Rothenberg, bass clarinet
John Bacon jr., vibes, percussion
Jamie Saft, Hammond organ, celeste, Fender Rhodes
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond organ, piano
Elizabeth Panzer, harp
From A Window
Avant AVAN 080
recorded August 2000 in Seattle, WA/USA
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond organ, piano, pump organ, synthesizer
Skerik, baritone sax
Julian Priester, trombone
Reggie Watts, keyboards, piano, drums, vocals
Eyvind Kang, violin, viola
Film Music 1998-2001
Tzadik Records TZ 7514
Tracks 1, 7, 13, 18, 21, 25, 29 are from an untitled film directed by Gus Van Sant in 2000.
Tracks 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, 14 23, 24, 28 are from the film "Chihuly Over Venice", directed by Gary Gibson in 1998.
Tracks 3, 11, 20, 26 are from the film entitled "Design And Construction", directed by the Experience Music Project for the exhibit, The Gehry Experience.
Tracks 6, 9, 16, 19, 22, 27 are from the film "Bellagio".
Tracks 5, 15, 17 are demos of film score music.
Tracks 30 to 47 is music conceived for Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus".
Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano
Doug Wieselman, tenor sax, clarinet, guitar
Craig Flory, sax
Brian Kent, sax
Skerik, sax
Hans Teuber, sax, flute
Julian Priester, trombone
Laura DeLuca, clarinet, bass clarinet
Bill Frisell, guitar
Andre Otraskin, guitar
Timothy Young, guitar
Robin Holcomb, piano
Reggie Watts, keyboards, vocals
Jen Charowhas, violin
Mischa Schmidt, violin
Eyvind Kang, viola
Michael Bisio, bass
Mike Bisio, bass
Keith Lowe, bass
Fred Chalenor, bass
Davis Martin, drums
Andy Roth, drums
Ed Pias, percussion
Live In Seattle
Liquid City Records 36477
recorded live May/June 2001 at The Rainbow in Seattle, WA/USA
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond B-3 organ, Nord Lead, DX-7 Timothy Young, electric guitar Keith Lowe, bass Andy Roth, drums
Some Places Are Forever Afternoon
Songlines Recordings SGL 1612-2
recorded January 2015 in Seattle, WA/USA
Wayne Horvitz, piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Ron Miles, cornet
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Tim Young, guitar
Peggy Lee, cello
Keith Lowe, bass
Eric Eagle, drums
The Snowghost Sessions
Songlines Recordings SGL 1627-2
recorded January 2015 in Seattle, WA/USA
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer, Wurlitzer piano
Timothy Young, guitar
Keith Lowe, bass
Andy Roth, drums

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