Composer/guitarist Bill Horvitz returns to NYC with new compositions for trio, featuring Joseph Sabella on drums and Steve Adams on saxophones. While composed, the music focuses on communication through interaction, “fresh, exciting, beautiful and scary’.
Bill Horvitz came to prominence in the late 1970s after moving to New York City, where a burgeoning downtown scene guided by an ethos of iconoclastic experimentation provided an ideal laboratory for exploring his far-flung musical interests. A master of the flat lap guitar style, Horvitz was deeply influenced by various avant-garde jazz currents. Rather than hewing to any particular improvisational practice, he developed a telegraphic approach that made him the “x factor” in a kaleidoscopic array of small ensembles. His collaborators included a brilliant and disparate cast of emerging luminaries. Among them were Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Phillip Johnston, Myra Melford, Bill Laswell, Eugene Chadbourne, Frank London and Wayne Horvitz, his brother. Many of these connections went undocumented, like his work in the influential new wave band the Public Servants which featured the singer Shelley Hirsch. Horvitz died in 2017 at his home in California at the age of 69.