Reviews that mention Wayne Horvitz

November 16, 2015

Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

At the Reception
Songlines SGL 1609-2

Wayne Horvitz

55: music and Dance in Concrete

Other Room Music Digital DL/LP

By Ken Waxman

Composer Wayne Horvitz’s most recent recorded works show how far he has progressed since his days as a Lower East Side enfant terrible keyboardist alongside aggressive iconoclasts like John Zorn. Settled in Seattle since the late ‘80s, Horvitz now works regularly with chamber groups and dance companies, crafting scores which mix more settled themes with rational improvisations. MORE

November 16, 2015

Wayne Horvitz

55: music and Dance in Concrete
Other Room Music Digital DL/LP

Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

At the Reception

Songlines SGL 1609-2

By Ken Waxman

Composer Wayne Horvitz’s most recent recorded works show how far he has progressed since his days as a Lower East Side enfant terrible keyboardist alongside aggressive iconoclasts like John Zorn. Settled in Seattle since the late ‘80s, Horvitz now works regularly with chamber groups and dance companies, crafting scores which mix more settled themes with rational improvisations. MORE

July 9, 2008

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem
Henceforth Records 104

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning
Resonant Music 004

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row
hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone
Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya

Leo Records CD LR 507

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

July 9, 2008

Mark O'Leary/Eyvind Kang/Dylan van der Schyff

Zemlya
Leo Records CD LR 507

Paul Bley

12+6 In A Row

hatOLOGY 649

Lisle Ellis

Sucker Punch Requiem

Henceforth Records 104

Radio I-Ching

The Fire Keeps Burning

Resonant Music 004

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

One Dance Alone

Songlines SGL SA1571-2

Expatriate – and Homebody – Sounds

Extended Play

By Ken Waxman

Geographic proximity is responsible for the migration of gifted Canadian artists to the United States. Plus Canadian improvisers down south quickly find eager collaborators. MORE

June 27, 2005

HORVITZ/SAMWORTH/LEE/CLARK/VAN DER SCHYFF

Intersection Poems
Spool Line SPL125

TIGERSMILK
From the Bottle
Family Vineyard FV28

North American free trade of the most benign kind, FROM THE BOTTLE features an invigorating live performance from a trio mad up of two Americans and a Canadian, while INTERSECTION POEMS is another fine effort which adds an American pianist to an already constituted Canadian combo, which includes Tigersmilk’s drummer.

Vancouver-based Dylan van der Schyff has also brought his percussion wizardry to partnerships featuring such disparate players as American trumpeter Dave Douglas and British saxophonist John Butcher. His most frequent playing partner – and his wife – is cellist Peggy Lee, who also works with a clutch of international performers. Those two, trumpeter Bill Clark and guitarist Ron Samworth made up the band Talking Pictures, making this CD a reunion plus. The plus is Seattle-based keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, whose credentials include work with Bill Frisell and John Zorn, and who has known of the Vancouverites since the late 1980s. MORE

July 28, 2003

PACHORA

Astereotypical
Winter & Winter W&W 910 082-2

BOBBY PREVITE & BUMP
Counterclockwise
Palmetto PM 2091

Fans who complain that improvised music is too cerebral and not concerned enough with rhythm should hear these sessions led by drummers usually confined to the avant-garde side of the spectrum.

Although both are literal dance parties -- in the 1950s definition of the term -- each is different as well. ASTEREOTYPICAL shows what happens when you give three American and one Icelandic musicians license to create a sound animated by the traditional music of Eastern Europe, especially the Balkans. Conversely, COUNTERCLOCKWISE, featuring five Americans of a slightly earlier vintage than the dewy-cheeked Pachora crew, plays improv informed by the sort of R&B licks leader Bobby Previte probably heard growing up in Niagara Falls, N.Y. in the 1960s. MORE

July 22, 2000

TOM CORA

It's A Brand New Day
Knitting Factory KFW-271

Tom Cora's death, at 44 in 1998, not only robbed music of one of its few improvising cellists, but also of one versatile enough to move seamlessly between jazz, rock, improv and something resembling "ethnic" music. But, after all, what would you expect from a musician whose playing partners including everyone from guitarists Eugene Chadbourne and Fred Frith to composer/saxophonist John Zorn and singer Catherine Jauniaux?

This memorial CD, made up of performances recorded at the New York's Knitting Factory between 1989 and 1996, highlights his versatility. And that's its strength as well as its weakness.

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