Earshot Jazz Presents Bill Horist

Earshot Jazz presented Bill Horist in the 2nd in the series, Jazz: The Second Century last night at the Chapel Performance space.

Internationally prolific in the alternative and underground and in rock, jazz, avant-garde and folk music, Seattle guitarist Bill Horist has appeared on 70 recordings and has performed well over 1,000 concerts throughout North America, Mexico, Europe and Japan. He’s worked with John Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, Stuart Dempster, Trey Gunn, Secret Chiefs 3, Shazaad Ismaily, Saadet Turkoz, Jack Wright, Amy Denio, Eyvind Kang, Paul Hoskin, Wally Shoup, Paul Kikuchi, Jessica Lurie, Tucker Martine and Master Musicians of Bukkake, Axolotl and the Paul Rucker Ensemble in addition to extensive solo activity. Horist is an Artist Trust grant and fellowship recipient (2006, 2005). From Horist’s Second Century submission: I view jazz as an aspiration more than a genre. … For those that see jazz as a genre, it might be difficult to consider that what I do is related somehow. … I suppose it becomes difficult for a forward-thinking idea to countenance the gravity of its own growing history, but if there’s any place where the duality can exist, it’s here, in this music.

Bill Horist opened up the evening and was followed by Trio Orangutan.

Seattle musicians have new works in development all the time – at house concerts, at weekly jam sessions, in basement studios and at clubs and cafes around Seattle, including the Seamonster and the Royal Room. Jazz: The Second Century is Earshot Jazz’s  open question to that artistic community: so, what’s happening now?

Submissions are considered by a peer-review panel made up of musicians, journalists, former Second Century performers and concert producers. Earshot Jazz thanks all the unique and enterprising creative musicians of this city that submitted their work for consideration. Out of all the materials – a range of home recordings, studio materials, live video clips, full bands, duos and more – this year’s schedule follows below with occasional statements submitted with the artist materials.

– Schraepfer Harvey

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