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Wayne Horvitz

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Wayne Horvitz born 1955 is an American composer, keyboardist and record producer1 He came to prominence in the Downtown scene of 1980s and '90s New York City, noted for working with John Zorn's Naked City among others Horvitz has since relocated to the Seattle, Washington area where he has several ongoing groups and has worked as an adjunct professor of composition at Cornish College of the Arts2


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Leader
    • 22 Co-leader
    • 23 As sideman
    • 24 Composer
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Horvitz, a "defiant cross-breeder of genres",3 has led the groups The President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, and the Four Plus One Ensemble He has recorded or performed with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Elliott Sharp, Danny Barnes, Tucker Martine, Butch Morris, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Phillip Wilson, Michael Shrieve, Carla Bley, Timothy Young, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Douglas September and others He is perhaps most famous for being the keyboardist of the band Naked City He has produced records for the World Saxophone Quartet, Human Feel, Marty Ehrlich, Fontella Bass, The Living Daylights, Bill Frisell and Eddie Palmieri

As a composer, Horvitz has been commissioned by The Kitchen, The Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New World Records, The Seattle Chamber Players and Earshot Jazz He has received commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Arts Council, The Mary Flagler Carey Trust, The Seattle Arts Commission, The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and The Fund for US Artists In 2002 he was awarded a Rockefeller MAP grant for the creation of a new piece, Joe Hill, for chamber orchestra and voice, which premiered in October 2004 in Seattle His 2003 composition, Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur for String Quartet and soloist, funded in part by a Seattle City Artist grant, premiered in March 2004 This composition and his earlier string quartet, Mountain Language are released on the Tzadik label His newest string quartet composition, These Hills of Glory, was commissioned with support from 4Culture and the Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs His recent collaboration with Tucker Martine, Mylab, was on the top 10 CD list for 2004 in jazz in both the New Yorker and Amazoncom In February 2005 he received the Golden Ear award from Earshot Jazz for "Concert of the Year"

Works for theater and dance include music for the 1998 production of Death of a Salesman for Seattle's ACT theater directed by Gordon Edelstein; productions of Ezra Pound's Elektra and the American premiere of Harold Pinter's Mountain Language, both directed by Carey Perloff In 1992 choreographer Paul Taylor created a new work, OZ, to eleven compositions by Wayne Horvitz in collaboration with the White Oak Dance Company Other theater and dance works include music for Bill Irwin's Broadway show, Strictly NY, and productions by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Ammi Legendre, Nikki Apino and House of Dames and the Crispin Spaeth Dance Company

Horvitz has also composed and produced music for a variety of video, film, television and other multimedia projects, including two projects with director Gus Van Sant, a full length score for PBS's Chihuly Over Venice, and two films about the creation of Seattle’s EMP museum His 85-minute score to Charlie Chaplin's film The Circus, for two pianos, two clarinets, and violin premiered in January 2000 in Oporto, Portugal

As of April 2007 Horvitz performs with Gravitas Quartet, Sweeter Than The Day and Varmint

Horvitz was born in New York City and currentlywhen lives in Seattle with his wife, composer Robin Holcomb, and their two children



  • No Place Fast Parachute, 1979
  • Simple Facts Theatre For Your Mother, 1981
  • Dinner at Eight Dossier, 1985
  • This New Generation Elektra/Musician, 1985
  • Monologue Cavity Search, 1997
  • Film Works Avant, 2003

Wayne Horvitz, 4+1 Ensemble + Reggie Watts, Eyvind Kang, Julian Priester, Tucker Martine

  • 4+1 Ensemble Intuition, 1998
  • From a Window Avant, 2001

Wayne Horvitz, Gravitas Quartet + Ron Miles, Peggy Lee, Sara Schoenbeck

  • Way Out East, Songlines, 2006

Wayne Horvitz, Sweeter Than the Day + Timothy Young, Keith Lowe, Andy Roth

  • American Bandstand - later released as Forever Songlines, 2000
  • Sweeter Than the Day Songlines, 2001
  • Live at the Rendezvous Liquid City, 2005

Pigpen Wayne Horvitz, Briggan Krauss, Fred Chalenor…

  • Halfrack Tim/Kerr, 1993
  • V as in Victim Avant, 1993
  • Miss Ann Tim/Kerr, 1993
  • Live in Poland Cavity Search, 1994
  • Daylight Tim/Kerr, 1997

The President Wayne Horvitz, Bobby Previte, Dave Sewelson, Kevin Cosgrove, Joe Gallant / Stew Cutler, Doug Wieselman, Dave Hofstra

  • The President Dossier, 1987
  • Bring Yr Camera Elektra/Musician, 1988
  • Miracle Mile Elektra Nonesuch, 1992

Zony Mash Wayne Horvitz, Timothy Young, Fred Chalenor / Keith Lowe, Andy Roth, Briggan Krauss

  • Cold Spell Knitting Factory, 1997
  • Brand Spankin' New Knitting Factory, 1998
  • Upper Egypt Knitting Factory, 1999
  • Live in Seattle Liquid City, 2002


Wayne Horvitz, Butch Morris, William Parker Trio

  • Some Order, Long Understood Black Saint, 1982

Wayne Horvitz, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte Trio

  • Nine Below Zero, sound aspects, 1987
  • Todos Santos, sound aspects, 1988

Wayne Horvitz / Ron Samworth/ Peggy Lee/ Dylan van der Schyff

  • Intersection Poems, Spool, 2005

Mylab Tucker Martine, Wayne Horvitz…

  • Mylab, Sony BMG, 2004

New York Composers' Orchestra Wayne Horvitz, Herb Robertson, Steven Bernstein, Marty Ehrlich, Ray Anderson, Robin Holcomb,…

  • NY Composers Orchestra, New World, 1990
  • First Program in Standard Time, New World, 1992

Ponga Wayne Horvitz, Dave Palmer, Bobby Previte, Skerik

  • Ponga, Loosegroove, 1998
  • Psychological, P-vine, 2000

The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Ray Drummond, Bobby Previte

  • Voodoo, Black Saint, 1985

John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Wayne Horvitz

  • Downtown Lullaby, Depth of Field, 1998

Donald Rubinstein, Wayne Horvitz and Zony Mash

  • A Man Without Love, Blue Horse, 1998

As sidemanedit

With Bobby Previte

  • Empty Suits Gramavision, 1990
  • Slay the Suitors Avant, 1993


  • Seattle Chamber Players - Otis Spann and Other Compositions, 2001
  • Koehne Quartet - Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur, Tzadik, 2006


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ http://wwwcornishedu/extension/courses/composition_intensive/#
  3. ^ de Barros, Paul "Wayne Horvitz" Liner notes to Wayne Horvitz: Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voices, and Soloist New World Records

External linksedit

  • Official site
  • Discography by Patrice Roussel

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