RIP: Bill Horvitz, experimental guitarist and bandleader

RIP: Bill Horvitz, experimental guitarist and bandleader
Photo: Bill Horvitz


Bill Horvitz, a guitarist, composer, bandleader and catalytic collaborator who spent four decades combining an expansive palette of styles in an ever-evolving roster of ensembles, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in the central Sonoma County town of Forestville on Jan. 15. He was 69. […]

His collaborators included a brilliant and disparate cast of emerging luminaries. Among them were Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Phillip Johnston, Myra Melford, Bill Laswell, Eugene Chadbourne, Frank London and Wayne Horvitz, his brother. Many of these connections went undocumented, like his work in the influential new wave band the Public Servants. […]

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