Tonights’s Seattle Performance from Wayne Horvitz and Sara Schoenbeck Previewed

Source: Earshot Jazz.

Bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz call their duo collaboration “a study of the crossroads where texture and extended technique meet with and support the expression of melody and song.” Not literal, sung song, but music with the characteristics of song, explored through improvisation and improvisation-laden compositions.

They first met as performers at the Time Flies improvisation festival in Vancouver, B.C. in 2000, and have performed in several collaborations, since. Two have involved Horvitz’s chamber-oriented groups: his Gravitas Quartet for new-music, jazz, and improvised composition, and his Some Places Are Forever Afternoon, a septet that performed his suite based on poems of Richard Hugo. They have also often played together in improvising large and small groups.