2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents: Wayne Horvitz’ The Royal We *Portland Premiere*
February 27 | 8:00 pm$5
Sat Feb 27 2021
8:00 PM (Watch Online 48 hrs)
Jack London Revue
529 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Wayne Horvitz-Piano and Keyboards
Skerik– Tenor Sax
Alex Guy– Violin
Geoff Harper– Bass
Iván Galvez- Percussion
The Royal We began informally playing the late-night set at the Royal Room in Seattle every Wednesday night. The music is highly improvised, working from motifs and compositions by Wayne Horvitz, with an emphasis on grooves influenced by African pop music, 60’s modal jazz and open improvisations. The music ranges from almost experimental to almost folkish, but with a singular sound. Originally a quartet with Dave Abramson and Evan Flory-Barnes, the updated version is a sextet with the double percussion and violin added to the mix.
Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist and electronic musicians. He is the 2016 recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the NEA American Masterpieces Award and three MAP Fund awards. He has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, The icicle Creek Trio, The Seattle Symphony, BAM and The Kitchen among others. He is collaborated with, among others, Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Gus Van Sant, John Zorn, and Butch Morris. He appears on over 300 CDs, 30 as a leader.
Skerik is a saxophonist and electronic performer with numerous projects and extensive experience as a much in demand sideman. His current projects include Bandalabra, Omaha Diner (w/Steve Bernstein Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte) and” Medeski, Skerik and Deitch (Darkwave). He has performed and recorded with, among others, Stewart Copeland, Les Claypool, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Galactic, Ivan Neville and Fred Wesley.
Alex Guy, Violinist, Violist, Composer and Songwriter, is the leader and principal songwriter for Led To Sea. As a musician, she has performed and collaborated with a virtual who’s who of important bandleaders, composers, improvisers and jazz musicians in the Pacific NW and beyond. Notable collaborators include Sera Cahoone, Jherek Bischoff, Laura Veirs, Ahamefule Olou, Tucker Martine, Wayne Horvitz, The Seattle Rock Orchestra, Mirah, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Parenthetical Girls and many more.
Geoff Harper (bass) is the co-founder of Bebop and Destruction, and has played with Herby Hancock, Julian Preister Band, Real Harper Brothers, Wayne Horvitz, Stone Gossard, Harrybu McCage (with Ryan burns & Matt Cameron), Tom Scott, Jay Roulston Band, Marriot Jazz Quintet, Thomas Marriot Willy Nelson Project, and Dave Marriot Jr: Triskaideka Band, among others
Andy Roth– Arguably the finest all-around drummer in Seattle – Andy has been a core member of many of Wayne Horvitz’ ensembles including Zony Mash and Sweeter Than the Day. He has performed and recorded with Robin Holcomb, Bill Frisell, vocalist Jay Clayton, trumpeter Jim Knapp, Danny Barnes, Karen Pernick, pedal steel great Dany Tyack (Asleep at the Wheel) and The New York Composers Orchestra (WEST) – and girl-pop band Honey.
Iván Galvez grew up with music all around him. He would hear everything from the Chilean folk music of his heritage, to Latin Jazz music of the world, to Soul music of America. His family has always enjoyed a good note and he began playing piano and cello in elementary school, finally settling on drums/percussion in high school. Ivan has collaborated and shared stages with Reggie Watts, D’Vonne Lewis, Thione Diop, Amos Miller, Grace Love, Sin Fronteras, Choklate, Iquales, Andy Coe, Skerik, Picoso and The True Loves