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Bill Horvitz

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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“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 Instrument

Guitar

Location

Forestville, CA

Willing to teach

Beginners

Credentials/Background

Private 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.

Albums

The Disappearance
The Disappearance
Evander Music
2006
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Tuolumne Songs
Birdology
2004
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The Disappearance
The Disappearance
Evander Music
2004
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[no cover]
Solo Electric Guitar...
Birdology
1991
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[no cover]
Trios
Birdology
1986
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[no cover]
No Boundary
Birdology
1980
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