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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: May 12, 1947    

Bill Horvitz has spent more than 30 years pursuing ways to combine composition and improvisation and to expand the voice of the guitar with both traditional and innovative techniques. He has led both large and small ensembles and has worked with many remarkable musicians, composers and improvisers. His guitar playing has been compared to John McLaughlin, Sonny Sharrock, Jimmy Page, Roger McGuinn, Dave Van Ronk, John Fahey, and Robert Fripp. Critics have described his music as “meditative, sizzling, earthy, funky, joyous, brooding, gorgeous, serene, and kinetically charged.” He currently leads and composes for the Bill Horvitz Expanded Band, a 17- member conducted ensemble that will release it’s first recording, The Long Walk, in 2012...
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    The Disappearance

    Evander Music
    2006
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    Tuolumne Songs

    Birdology
    2004
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    Solo Electric Guitar And Compositions For 11-Piece Ensemble

    Birdology
    1991
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    Trios

    Birdology
    1986
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    No Boundary

    Birdology
    1980
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Featured recording “The Disappearance”

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The Disappearance

Evander Music (2004)

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“Horvitz infuses his jazz compositions with the tunefulness and economy of rock, ‘60s R&B, and calypso, synthesizing these influences into his own sizzling, concise style. . . . a rare balance between free jazz and (uncompromised) accessibility.” MARK KERESMAN-EXPRESS, Berkeley, CA

“. . . the band embodies an earthy, sweaty aura with chops and humor to match.” T. SEDLAK, OPTION MAGAZINE

“. . .powerful and unpredictable originals deliver a sound-spattered session rife with skewed rhythmic dynamics, spontaneous surprises, and boundary- pushing improvisations. . .tasteful, sophisticated, yet urgent approach to melody, harmony, and rhythm...

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Primary InstrumentGuitar

LocationForestville, CA

Willing to teachBeginners

Credentials/BackgroundPrivate guitar lessons where you have fun while learning how to: play jazz chords arrange chord-melodies fingerpick and flat pick play the songs you want to play (folk, blues, rock) improvise solos in any style jam with other musicians. accompany singers develop performance skills. understand harmony and theory ALSO: I am now teaching ongoing small classes in performance, six weeks for five people to play for each other, learn to give feedback, how to prepare for performing, how to set up a song, how to understand what makes us nervous, how to connect with an audience, and more.

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