Richard Horowitz (I)

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  • The Sheltering Sky * – Composer Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Any Given Sunday * – Composer Oliver Stone
  • Tobruk * – Composer Vaclav Marhoul

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  • * Richard Horowitz is known for creating a unique sonic language by fusing together his roots in classical, jazz and electronic music with the intensity of the trance music he first experienced in Morocco at the age of nineteen. He plays keyboards, percussion and various woodwinds, including the ney, an obliquely blown reed flute. It is one of the oldest human wind instruments. He combines a
    trance inducing circular breathing technique he learned from snake charmers with classical and folk modes known as maquam. Since the late sixties Horowitz's compositions have been inspired by the ritual drama of ancient music. He is interested in the micro-tonal motifs and subtle shadings produced by the overtones of instruments and voices from the oldest cultures. His compositions are translations that morph ancient sources into the full spectrum resonance of the surround sound present. Listen to "Majoun" his collaboration with Sussan Deyhim released by Sony Classical.
    Horowitz has scored many feature films receiving Golden Globe and Los Angeles Film Critics awards for his work on "The Sheltering Sky", directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and based on the novel by Paul Bowles. He performed the film music live on François Mitterrand’s television special Etoile Palace in Paris. Other scores include Oliver Stone’s "Any Given Sunday" (BMI Award), " Tobruk" Czech Lion Award for Best Score, "Three Seasons" directed by Tony Bui and produced by Jason kliot Joanna Vincente and Harvey Keitel (Sundance Jury and Audience awards) and "Lakota Woman" directed by Frank Pierson.
    From 1968 to 1979, Horowitz lived in Paris and Morocco where he composed and studied Arabic, French, music and Eastern philosophy. He performed throughout Europe with his various ensembles including dates with Alan Silva's "Celestial Communications Orchestra" in 1971 where he had a chance to perform with Steve Lacey, Anthony Braxton, Robin Kenyatta and Bobby Few.
    He wrote and directed a film "The Fourth Person Singular" and recorded Oblique Sequences at IRCAM (Boulez computer music Lab in Paris) for Shandar Records. In 1974 he met Brion Gysin and Paul Bowles, both of whom became friends and mentors. In 1982 Bowles recommended him to the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the Goddard Lieberson Composition Award.
    In the mid seventies in Morocco he studied ney with Kassim Naccishabundi and Louis Soret. They formed the band "Ibis Mummy" with Abdellatif Kartuma and Gnawa master Brahim el Belkani. He took classes at the Andalusian Music Conservatory in Marrakech and also learned a great deal from ethnomusicologist Phillip Schuyler who was in Morocco recording Arabic and Berber music for UNESCO. Richard’s daughter Tamara Alexa was born in Marrakech in 1977.
    In 1980 he returned to the US. He was invited to work with Jan Mattox and Lauren Rush at CCRMA Stanford’s computer music research lab where he became interested in a resonant loop program that allowed him to re tune the overtones of any sound and place them in a three dimensional virtual space. While in SF he composed and recorded "Out of Thin Air" and "Memoire" with SF Symphony principal violinist Daniel Kobialka. He also recorded "Eros in Arabia" and "Never Tech No Foreign Answer" on his label Ethnotech in 1982. He worked with SFX designer Frank Serafine on the disc sound for Tron and on Frank’s reel for Star Trek. Another strong influence from that time was Jaron Lanier who he met at a Harry Partch concert at Mills College in 1981.They have been working together on and off ever since. (See Chromataphoria)
    He performed and recorded with Jon Hassell from 1982 to 1987 playing mostly Prophet 5. At that point the band played mostly in Europe and Japan and included Michael Brook and J. A. Dean. He played on three of Hassell's albums including "Powerspot" and "Surgeon of the Night Sky" which were produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. He also performed on a David Byrne/Eno piece "Blue Flame" for Twyla Tharp’s "The Catherine Wheel" video and recorded with Suzanne Vega and Anton Sanko among others.
    His main collaborator has been Sussan Deyhim.They started recording in 1981 at Noise New York after Frank Eaton the owner of the studio heard their individual projects and introduced them. Frank handed them the keys to the studio and suggested they make a record. The release was in 1987 and has become a cult classic. "Azax Attra: Desert Equations", was one of the pioneering efforts to create what would later become know as world music, drum and bass and triphop. High Performance Magazine described the record as “An electro-ecstatic universe imbued with a sense of ritual and the unknown". The music was originally written for their first performance opera featuring a gigantic ten foot long bass speaker in the shape of a dartura flower designed by Jack Weisberg and a three sided twenty foot long revolving pyramid screen hung from the ceiling designed by Frederick Lahey. Two 16 mm films were projected of Deyhim’s dancing on top of the subway grids filmed shooting up from the tunnel underneath 79th street. "Azax/Attra: Desert Equations" was the first in a series of pieces that opened in New York toured internationally. It was followed by "The Ghost of Ibn Sabba" and other works including a ballet "X-isle Isle-X" for the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company. The piece opened in 1989 Hong Kong the week of Tienamin Square and featured Chinese Generals sodomizing Barbie dolls.
    Horowitz and Deyhim also performed as a duo and with their band (original members included Steve Shehan, Jamie Haddad, Eric Sanko, Peter Freeman and Hassan Hakmoun) In the US Europe, Japan and North Africa, appearing at Town Hall, BAM, The Kitchen, The Knitting Factory, Central Park Summer Stage, La Mama, Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall the Ravinia Festival, New Music America LA, Arts Electronica...
    In 1988 the duo was invited to perform with the Greatful Dead at a special event for Joseph Campbell. Mickey Heart had heard Desert Equations and wanted to play pieces off the CD for the event. They also worked with Heart ghost writing for "Max Headrom" .
    After"The Sheltering Sky" Horowitz traveled frequently to LA to work on film scores in the early 90s but eventually moved to London with Deyhim in 1993 to work on a CD for Sony Classical. The result was "Majoun". "Deyhim's molten melismas focused by Horowitz's undulating resonant ether of instrumentation"(The Wire) Majoun was recorded in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Morocco and Bali. The string section was recorded in Morocco with players from the Moroccan National Radio and Television Orchestra. It featured eerie, hovering violin solos by Abdellah El Miry And the great Indian violinist Chandru. The CD also featured were Doug Wimbish and Jaron Lanier, Byron Wallen, Steve Shehan , Reza Derakshani and Keith Le Blanc. The Majoun band with Will Calhoun, Reggie Workman, WillCalhoun, SD AND RH toured mostly in Europe with occasional dates in the US.
    One of RH's most interesting projects was a commission by the Moroccan Royal Cabinet to produce, direct and perform in Ritmos del Futuro Maroc/Seville , the music for the Moroccan National Day at Seville Expo 92. Horowitz invited ten "western" musicians, including Jon Hassell, Loy Erlich, Steve Shehan and two hundred tribal musicians from ten different tribes of Morocco.
    In 1990 Bill Laswell contacted Richard wanting to make a CD in Morocco and asked what music RH thought would be interesting to record there. RH said that since Laswell was a bass player the natural thing to do would be to record the Gnaoua (Gnawa) since their cello range sentir is the origin of the bass. They co-produced "Night Spirit Masters" in Marrakech for Axiom with liner notes by Bowles. RH was also instrumental in the career of Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun during his first ten years in New York and performed and recorded with Hassan on many CDs including "Gift of the Gnawa" with Don Cherry and Adam Rudolph. He also arranged and produced Hakmoun's music recorded by The Kronos Quartet on Pieces of Africa.
    In 1997 RH founded and artistic directed The Gnaoua Music Festival in Mogador(Essaouira) Morocco with Neila Tazi And Andre Azoulay. The festival now attracts over two hundred thousand people a year and has helped raise the appreciation for Gnaoua both inside and out side Morocco. He first worked with Andre in 92 on a large performance in Mogador for the re-release Orson Wells' "Othello" that was originally filmed in Mogador.
    Returning to New York from London in the late 90s RH and SD were asked to compose "The Gift of Love" for Deepak Chopra. It was a charity project for Mother Teresa and featured a combination of movie stars, poets and activists reading Rumi. RH also worked on many other fund raising projects including the films for the NRDC directed by Peter Rodger. He also performed with Deyhim at numerous benefits in the US and Europe.
    Also in the late 90’s RH was asked to produce a group of blond Finish Gipsy singers in Helsinki know as "Vartina" for BMG. He was very interested in the group because they sang in the old language of Finland called Karelian, this was the same language that inspired Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings. The Album, "Vihma" won many awards. He also collaborated with Jaron Lanier on a virtual motion to music visual performance performed at MIDEM in Cannes and at The Cyber theater in Bruxcelles.
    After a two and a half year stint in Hollywood Horowitz returned to New York again in 2001 to begin a collaboration with Sussan Deyhim, Shirin Neshat and film maker Gausem Ebrahhamian on a multimedia opera, "Logic of the Birds" co-produced by Lincoln Center, Art Angel in London, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Museum and, Change in Europe. It was based on a 12th century text by Attar and starred Deyhim as the female heroine, a mystic bird known as the Simorg. There was a film projected by three DVDs on three large screens with a cast of thirty human “birds” in the film and also surrounding Deyhim on stage. The music was performed and mixed live in surround by RH.
    RH has recently completed the scores for the films "Tobruk", "Jihad for Love", "Meeting Resistence", "Les Amants de Mogador" starring Max Von Sydow, "Return to Rajapur" starring Justin Thereaux,Lynn Collins and Frank Langalla and "David and Layla" starring David Moscow and Shiva Rose. He is producing Tcheky Karyo's CD for Universal France and working with Sussan Deyhim on various projects including a new opera with Sussan Deyhim "Zarathustras Mother", The Mad Man Band, a new CD and some music for SD's solo show "Vocadeliks" at UCLA's Royce Hall.
    RH has recorded and collaborated or produced with Hassan Hakmoun,Jon Hassell, Branford Marsalis, Hector Zazu, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne, Bill Laswell, Ryuichi Sakamoto , Duncan Shiek, Rufus Wainwright, Cheb i Saba, Marius Devries, Steve Shehan Adam Rudolph, Anton Sanko, Erick Sanko, Daunik Lazro, Peter Freeman, Loy Erlich, Nickie Skopilitis, Daniel Kobialka, Mickey Hart, Jerry Garcia, Naut Human, Alan Silva, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Lauren Rush, Jan Mattox, Frank Serafine, Adrian Sheerwood and Jamie Haddad.

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