Composer, pianist, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz performs extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and North America. He is leader and principal composer for the quartet Sweeter Than the Day in addition to Gravitas Quartet and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, and performs regularly as an improviser on both piano and electronics. Past ensembles include The President: the Horvitz, Morris, Previte Trio: Pigpen; Zony Mash; The New York Composers’ Orchestra; Ponga and The Four Plus One Ensemble.
As a composer, Horvitz has been commissioned by The Kitchen, The Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New World Records, The Seattle Chamber Players and Earshot Jazz. He has received commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, The N.Y. State Arts Council, The Mary Flagler Carey Trust, The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and The Fund for U.S. Artists. Recent premieres include the V Series for chamber orchestra, Mountain Language for string quartet (2001) and Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur (2004) and These Hills of Glory (2006) for string quartet and soloist. He was awarded a Rockefeller MAP grant for the creation of Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Chamber Orchestra and Soloist (2004). His composition “For Piano Alone, In Four Parts” was premiered by pianists Cristina Valdes at the Nordstrom Recital Hall in 2009 He was awarded a MAP grant in 2010 for 55: Music and Dance In Concrete, a site specific collaboration with choreographer Yukio Suzuki, video artist Yohei Saito and producer Tucker Martine which premiered in September 2012 at Centrum (WA) and the ASU Museum of Art. His hour-long song cycle “Smokestack Arias”, based on the events of the Everett Massacre, was premiered at Act Theater for two weeks in February of 2012. He is the recipient of the 2008 NEA American Masterpieces Award.
As a sideman and collaborator he has performed and recorded with Billy Bang, Carla Bley, Curlew, Marty Ehrlich, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, David Moss, Bobby Previte, Elliott Sharp, Michael Shrieve, Ikue Mori, Kazutoki Umezu, Skerik, Briggan Krauss, Steven Bernstein, Philip Wilson and John Zorn (Naked City, Cobra, etc.), among others. He has produced records for the World Saxophone Quartet, Human Feel, Fontella Bass, Marty Ehrlich, John Adams, Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, and Eddie Palmieri. In film and theater he has collaborated with, among others, Carey Perloff, Bill Irwin, EMP, Gordon Edelstein, Gus Van Sant, Dayna Hanson and Paul Magid.