Wayne Horvitz


Doris Duke Artist Award, 2016
Jazz

Seattle, WA

Composer, pianist, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz is the leader and principal composer for many ensembles including Sweeter Than the Day, Gravitas Quartet, and most recently Electric Circus, a digital ensemble that uses audio and video to push the conception of beats and rhythms. He is an improviser on both piano and electronics, has performed as a sideman, and has collaborated with Bill Frisell, Liz Lerman, Paul Taylor, and John Zorn. He has received support from Meet the Composer, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs in Seattle, and MAP Fund, among others. He is an adjunct professor of music at Cornish College for the Arts. In 2016, he will begin 21 Pianos, an interactive, site-specific project performed on an extremely out of tune piano and taking place across 21 Minnesotan towns. The project will culminate in a book and two CDs. He is also working on Those Who Remain Part II, which will premiere at the Seattle Art Museum in January 2017.

  • Photo Credit: Robin Laanenan
    Wayne Horvitz
  • Wayne Horvitz- "Mountain Language IV" from Whispers Hymns and a Murmur (Tzadik, 2006): https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208810850
    "Mountain Language IV" from Whispers Hymns and a Murmur (Tzadik, 2006)
  • Wayne Horvitz- 55: Music and Dance in Concrete (Other Room Music, 2012): http://vimeo.com/113893546
    55: Music and Dance in Concrete (Other Room Music, 2012)
  • Photo Credit: Daniel Sheehan
    Those Who Remain (Part 2) (2017)
  • Wayne Horvitz- "Untitled" from the TBA Festival (2012): http://vimeo.com/81299538
    "Untitled" from the TBA Festival (2012)
  • Wayne Horvitz- "55 (11)" from 55: Music and Dance in Concrete (Other Room Music, 2014): http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/167924211
    "55 (11)" from 55: Music and Dance in Concrete (Other Room Music, 2014)
  • Wayne Horvitz- "A Walk in the Rain" from One Dance Alone (Songlines Recordings, 2008): http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/233239135
    "A Walk in the Rain" from One Dance Alone (Songlines Recordings, 2008)
  • Wayne Horvitz- "Those Who Remain Are the Worst (Three Stops to Ten Sleep)" from Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (Songlines Recordings, 2015): http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/252088345
    "Those Who Remain Are the Worst (Three Stops to Ten Sleep)" from Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (Songlines Recordings, 2015)
  • Photo Credit: Hayley Young
    Wayne Horvitz
  • Photo Credit: Daniel Sheehan
    Wayne Horvitz

What are your key goals for the award period?

I foresee four principal goals over the next few years:

1. To complete, within the next two years, three projects which are in their infancy, and which this award allows a new level of support. 21 Pianos and Those Who Remain-Part II are both installations: electro-acoustic compositions in conjunction with performance. The third is The Heartsong of Charging Elk, a chamber opera of sorts, based on the novel by James Welch.

2. To record and document a fairly large back catalog of chamber music, including through composed compositions for piano and voice, piano alone, string trio with electronics, a string quartet with improviser, and so forth.

3. To take time to consider new projects for the coming decade.

4. And finally - to afford the luxury, that is the time, to focus consistently on my own practice as a pianist, and my own research as a composer and electronic musician.