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Composer Wayne Horvitz presents an evening of one of his newest works. The Snowghost Sessions features music created at Snowghost Studios in the spring of 2015 with longtime collaborators Eric Eagle (drums) and Geoff Harper. Taking advantage of a week’s free studio time at a state of the art studio in Whitefish Montana, the sessions were devoid of any advance plan or expectation to even create a final outcome. Augmented by electronics, live processing, and keyboards, the piano trio then continued to work back in Seattle, finalizing the mixes in the winter of 2018.
“I’ve never felt so free of expectations in the recording studio in my life” says Mr. Horvitz. “The sessions were relaxed, creative, and without a specific goal. We didn’t set out to make a record, we just set out to enjoy the process. I brought in a pile of tunes and sketches, and started making music. The only thing I knew was, I wanted to work with Eric and Geoff, and I wanted find an organic marriage between the idea of a piano trio, and some ideas I’d been exploring with amplified and processed piano.”
Recipient of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, composer Wayne Horvitz‘s ensembles include The Snowghost Trio, Sweeter Than the Day, and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Mr. Horvitz’s commissioners include The Kitchen, The Seattle Symphony, Kronos, BAM, New World Records, The Flynn Theater, and Vienna Jazz. He has received 3 MAP Fund awards, the NEA American Masterpiece Award, 3 Artist Trusts fellowships and more. As a collaborator or producer, he has worked with Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, George Lewis, Reggie Watts, John Zorn (Naked City etc.), World Saxophone Quartet, Fontella Bass, John Adams, and Eddie Palmieri. Collaborators in theater, dance and film include Carey Perloff, Bill Irwin, Gus Van Sant, Paul Taylor and Paul Magid.
Seattle’s first call drummer, Eric Eagle has recorded with Jesse Sykes, Amy Ray, Wayne Horvitz, Mark Pickeral, Danny Newcomb, Dave Peck, and produced records with The Westerlies, Naomi Siegel, and The Seattle Symphony (featuring Bill Frisell) and others. Geoff Harper has recorded and performed with, among others, Julian Priester, Evyind Kang, Timothy Young, Gary Bartz, Wayne Horvitz, BeBop and Destruction, Matt Cameron, Thomas Marriott and Stone Gossard.