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Bill Horist

Since moving to Seattle in 1995, Bill Horist has established himself as a noted improviser/performer along the West Coast and beyond. He has performed over 500 concerts in the past 8 years in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Bill has performed and/or recorded with Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, KK Null, Trey Gunn(King Crimson), Chris Cutler, William Hooker, Eugene Chadbourne, Tatsuya Yoshida(Ruins), Climax Golden Twins, Haco, Illusion of Safety, Saadet Tuerkoez, Michael Bisio, Jack Wright, Amy Denio, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Steve Fisk, Luigi Archetti, Michael White, Christoph Gallio, Eyvind Kang, Lesli Dalaba, Paul Hoskin, Thomas Dimuzio, Wally Shoup, Jessica Lurie, Shazaad Ismaily, Mason Jones, Jeff Grienke and Tucker Martine among others.

Horist has toured and recorded with a number of bands including Nobodaddy, Phineas Gage, Axolotl, UnFolkUs, Ghidra, Zahir and Tablet. Currently he plays with and composes for the frenetic instrumental fringe rock trio, Nervewheel. Nervewheel continues to tour, and has enjoyed stints with Pere Ubu, Ruins and Master Musicians of Jajouka among others.

As a solo artist, Bill's improvised, prepared guitar work is informed by Hans Reichel, Fred Frith, and Henry Kaiser, but shows a unique style and personality. He has received critical praise internationally from periodiacals including The Wire and Alternative Press. Bill has toured the United States twice in support of his CDs "Soylent Radio" and "Songs From The Nerve Wheel" and has appeared at numerous festivals in the States and Europe including Taktlos (Zuerich), Spring Reverb (San Diego/Tijuana), Big Sur Experimental Music Fest (Big Sur, CA), Mission Creek Music Fest (San Francisco), Seattle Improvised Music Fest, AntiMatter Fest (Vancouver BC) and Olympia Experimental Music Fest. He was the recipient of the 1997 Jack Straw Artist Assistance Program Grant and has done presentations for schools from first grade to college-level, including the University of Calgary, Seattle Art Institute and Martin Luther King Elementary (Seattle).

Bill improvises and composes for film, dance and theater as well. Most recently he was composer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. There he developed a solo guitar score for University of Calgary choreographer, Davida Monk's "Lyric". He has also recorded pieces for an upcoming Italian theatrical production of Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities".

Additionally, Horist works as sideman for recording and performing. He has worked with Jessica Lurie, Two Loons for Tea, Elizabeth Carpenter, Mische Eddins, Paul Rucker, Rollerball, Sulpher, John Schuller and Nancy Martin among others.


Various Artists: 25
CAT. #: ALP050
Celebrating 25 Years of Sonic Explorations.

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Marcos Fernandes, Bill Horist: Jerks and Creeps
CAT. #: ALP046
Horist's extended guitar wizardry and Fernandes' processed field recordings combine and collide with each other, constantly transforming like some primordial sonic soup.

Bill Horist: Lyric/Suite
CAT. #: ALP034
Bill Horist's newest solo guitar work is a dynamic musical score to Davida Monk's dance performance.

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Bill Horist

"While, in the last several years, the guitar is considered more in terms of its limitations than its capabilities, BILL HORIST [explores] the guitar's continued presence as a vital and still challenging form of musical expression."
- Willamette Week

"If you want to know the currently disturbed state of guitar than you have no more urgent duty than to spin the fiercely beautiful solo improvisations of Bill Horist, one of the leaders of Seattle's avant-jazz movement."
- M.D.F., Seattle Weekly

"Bill Horist is one of those extremely valuable and resourceful musicians that have a number of credits and collaborations on their past way... I'm not even gonna get into an attempt of mentioning them all but let me tell you that's it's a lot of people from the international experimental/noise/free-jazz scene and that he's been constantly playing with bands and musicians all over the world and especially on the US west coast (where it seems there is a big experimental/noise movement anyway)."
- Marc Urselli-Schaerer, CHAIND.L.K.

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Bill Horist
1122 E Pike St. PMB 815
Seattle, WA 98122-3916
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