Wayne Horvitz

Biography

Wayne Horvitz 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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Upcoming Performances

Monday, December 27th at 8:00 pm PST

Zony Mash Night Two

Zony Mash made its debut in late 1995 as the unofficial house band at the OK Hotel in Seattle. Although named after a Meters tune, Zony Mash is nevertheless not a Meters tribute group. The band plays original music with a few well-chosen covers that mix elements of avant-rock, jazz, funk and San Francisco sound. Zony Mash is Wayne Horvitz on Hammond B-3 and keyboards, Timothy Young on guitar, Keith Lowe on bass and Andy Roth on drums.

Join us live from Royal Room for the second night of a special performance by this iconic crew.

Saturday, December 4th at 8:00 pm PST

5! Half Century (plus a lost year) Celebration of American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead

See some of Seattle’s finest cover both 1970 Grateful Dead releases, top to bottom!

Featuring:
Paul Matthew Moore
Colin Higgins
Wayne Horvitz
Eric Eagle
Keith Lowe
Darren Loucas

Friday, November 19th at 8:00 pm PST

Mike Clark

Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers. While Mike digs the funk, he consider jazz his first love, and playing that music is what he says feeds his soul.

Featuring:
Wayne Horvitz – keys
Geoff Harper – bass
Skerik – saxophone
Thomas Marriott – trumpet

Friday, November 5th at 8:00 pm PDT

The Royal We w/ Julian Priester and Ben Hunter: A Fundraiser for the South Hudson Music Project

The South Hudson Music Project is pleased to welcome you back to the Royal Room for a fundraiser to support the resumption of our role in the historic Columbia City neighborhood!

Join us for an evening of music with The Royal We, featuring:

Wayne Horvitz (piano and keyboards)
Skerik (saxophone)
Alex Guy (violin)
Iván Galvez (percussion)
D’Vonne Lewis (drums)
Geoff Harper (bass)

and special guests:
Julian Priester (trombone)
Ben Hunter (violin)

Presented by The South Hudson Music Project in partnership with The Royal Room.
Tickets to attend this event in-person are available at theroyalroomseattle.com

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