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OPTION: Wayne Horvitz & Sara Schoenbeck

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OPTION: Wayne Horvitz & Sara Schoenbeck

June 4th, 2018

Doors At 7. Music At 7:30pm

Composer, pianist and electronic musician Wayne Horvitz teams up with bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck for a night of solos and duo music. Schoenbeck photo by Peter Ganushkin/Horvitz photo by Daniel Sheehan.

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SARA SCHOENBECK (Bassoon) and WAYNE HORVITZ (Piano, Electronics) first met at the “Time Flies Festival” in Vancouver B.C. in 2000.They have been frequent collaborators ever since, including The Gravitas Quartet, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon, and numerous improvised collectives and performances. This is their first tour as a duo.


Sara Schoenbeck is a bassoonist who dedicates herself to expanding the sound and role of the bassoon in the worlds of classical, contemporary notated and improvised music. The Wire magazine places her in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today and the New York Times has called her performances "galvanizing" and "riveting, mixing textural experiments with a big, confident sound.”

Originally from California, Sara spent her time on the west coast freelancing in various orchestral bassoon sections such as Santa Barbara Symphony, California Symphony, Redlands, Mancini Orchestra, the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra and touring as a member of creative music ensembles Gravitas Quartet with Wayne Horvitz, Ron Miles and Peggy Lee, Anthony Braxton’s 12+1(tet) and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble. Sara also recorded for various sound and film projects including the Matrix 2 and 3, Dahmer and Spanglish.

Sara now calls Brooklyn home and performs regularly with Petr Kotek’s SEM ensemble, the composers group WetInk, Wordless Music Orchestra,  Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, Gravitas, Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State Quartet, Eve Risser's White Desert Orchestra, Nels Cline Lovers Ensemble, Adam Rudoplph's Go Organic Orchestra and the Michael  Leonhart Band as well as performing with many creative and inspiring musicians in the New York scene and beyond including Roscoe Mitchell, the legendary musicians Butch Morris and Yusef Lateef, Wadada Leo Smith, Robin Holcomb, Matt Mittchell, Pamela Z, Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris, Miya Masaoke, Ingrid Laubrock, Marty Ehrlich,  Ben Goldberg, Stew and Mark Dresser to name a few. She has performed at major venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kitchen, Iridium, Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, SXSW, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Free Music Festival in Antwerp Belgium, Biennale Musica in Venice Italy, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Jazz Festival.


Recipient of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, composer, pianist, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz performs as leader/composer for Snowghost, Sweeter Than the Day, and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Past ensembles include The President: The Horvitz, Morris, Previte Trio:  The New York Composers' Orchestra: and The Gravitas Quartet.

Commissioners include The Kitchen, The Seattle Symphony, Kronos, BAM, New World Records, The Seattle Chamber Players, The Flynn and Vienna Jazz. Commissioning grants include MTC, The NEA, Seattle Mayors Office, NYSCA, Mary Flagler Carey Trust, and The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. He has received 3 MAP Fund awards, the NEA American Masterpiece Award, 3 Artist Trusts fellowships and more. In a NY Times review of a residence at The Stone, Ben Ratliff wrote, “Mr. Horvitz kept his attention on the band with microscopic focus, quick-cutting between contrasts, putting something free or rippling against a fixity. It held your attention, and when it was perverse, it was just perverse enough.”

In October 2015, the Seattle Symphony premiered, “Those Who Remain”, for full orchestra, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, with guest soloist Bill Frisell.  In December 2015 “Some Places Are Forever Afternoon: 11 Places for Richard Hugo” was featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, with Christian McBride.

As a collaborator or producer he has worked with Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, George Lewis, Reggie Watts, Steven Bernstein, Philip Wilson, John Zorn (Naked City etc.), World Saxophone Quartet, Fontella Bass, Marty Ehrlich, John Adams, and Eddie Palmieri. In film and theater he has collaborated with, among others, Carey Perloff, Bill Irwin, EMP, Gordon Edelstein, Gus Van Sant, Paul Taylor and Paul Magid.

There's nobody else out there I hear even attempting to cover some kind of similar range, and do it so convincingly.” — All About Jazz