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Horvitz Brings Improvisational Gravitas to Chamber Music


by Paul Slavens 29 Mar 2008

The members of Gravitas Quartet (Wayne Horvitz on piano, cellist Peggy Lee, trumpet player Ron Miles and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck) each have notable experience in both classical and jazz music and composer Wayne Horvitz has created a unique repertoire for the band that combines a chamber music approach with room for improvisation. Horvitz has composed […]

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The members of Gravitas Quartet (Wayne Horvitz on piano, cellist Peggy
Lee, trumpet player Ron Miles and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck) each have
notable experience in both classical and jazz music and composer Wayne
Horvitz has created a unique repertoire for the band that combines a
chamber music approach with room for improvisation.

Horvitz has composed for Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players,
the NY Composers Orchestra, among others and has played with improvisors
Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, and John Zorn as well as in his own jazz
ensembles. Peggy Lee is a member of Vancouver, BC’s foremost new music
ensemble’s Standing Wave as well as many jazz and other improvised music
ensembles throughout North America and Europe. Ron Miles has performed
and recorded with Ginger Baker, Don Byron, the Ellington Orchestra, Bill
Frisell, and others and is also an active performer and composer in
Denver. Sara Schoenbeck has played with Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith,
Quincy Jones, Pauline Oliveros, Stevie Wonder, and on soundtracks for
numerous movies and television programs.

Gravitas Quartet is performing for two nights Friday and Saturday April
4 & 5, 2008 at the Cliburn Recital Hall at 330 E 4th Street in downtown
Fort Worth. Tickets are $25, $15 for students and seniors, available
from Bass Hall ticketing 817 212-4280 and at the door.

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