About the Band..
In the summer of 2003, after the Vertebrae No. 5 was recorded and being pressed, I realized that I needed a band for the CD Release party. If I was going to present these songs the right way, there was no way I could do it alone. Bill graciously agreed to play guitar for the gig and suggested that his bandmates Ben Hadley and Adam Gross from Nervewheel, a rowdy, gifted and infectious math-rock trio, may be interested in the gig too. They were, and there it began. After several months of rehearsal and one rockin’ release party, I asked if the boys would continue on – and they did.
In the winter of 03, master-drummer Adam Gross parted from the band and was replaced by master-drummer, Kevtone.
The musicianship of this band is amazing – I can’t tell you how honored I am to share a stage with them. These boys rock. I’m sure you’ll agree!
Since moving to Seattle in 1995, Bill Horist has established himself as a noted improviser/performer along the West Coast and beyond. He has performed over 500 concerts in the past 8 years in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Bill has performed and/or recorded with Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, KK Null, Matt Chamberlain, Trey Gunn(King Crimson), Chris Cutler, William Hooker, Eugene Chadbourne, Tatsuya Yoshida(Ruins), Shazaad Ismaily, Climax Golden Twins, Haco, Illusion of Safety, Saadet Tuerkoez, Jack Wright, Amy Denio, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Steve Fisk, Luigi Archetti, Michael White, Christoph Gallio, Eyvind Kang, Lesli Dalaba, Paul Hoskin, Thomas Dimuzio, Wally Shoup, Jessica Lurie, Mason Jones, Jeff Grienke and Tucker Martine among others.
Horist has toured and recorded with a number of bands including Nobodaddy, Phineas Gage, Axolotl, UnFolkUs, Ghidra, Zahir and Tablet. Currently he plays with and composes for the frenetic instrumental fringe rock trio, Nervewheel. Nervewheel continues to tour, and has enjoyed stints with Pere Ubu, Ruins and Master Musicians of Jajouka among others.
As a solo artist, Bill’s improvised, prepared guitar work is informed by Hans Reichel, Fred Frith, and Henry Kaiser, but shows a unique style and personality. He has received critical praise internationally from periodiacals including The Wire and Alternative Press. Bill has toured the United States twice in support of his CDs “SOYLENT RADIO” and “SONGS FROM THE NERVE WHEEL” and has appeared at numerous festivals in the States and Europe including Taktlos (Zuerich), Spring Reverb (San Diego/Tijuana), Big Sur Experimental Music Fest (Big Sur, CA), Mission Creek Music Fest (San Francisco), Seattle Improvised Music Fest, AntiMatter Fest (Vancouver BC) and Olympia Experimental Music Fest. He was the recipient of the 1997 Jack Straw Artist Assistance Program Grant and has done presentations for schools from first grade to college-level, including the University of Calgary, Seattle Art Institute and Martin Luther King Elementary (Seattle).
Bill improvises and composes for film, dance and theater as well. Most recently he was composer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. There he developed a solo guitar score for University of Calgary choreographer, Davida Monk’s “Lyric”. He has also recorded pieces for an upcoming Italian theatrical production of Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”.
Additionally, Horist works as sideman for recording and performing. He has worked with Jessica Lurie, Two Loons for Tea, Elizabeth Carpenter, Mische Eddins, Paul Rucker, Rollerball, Sulpher, John Schuller and Nancy Martin among others.
A sample of some of the bands Kevtone has beaten the drums for…… Cake . Camper Van Beethoven . Mom and Me . Pots and Pans up in Trees . San Lorenzo Elementary . Bruce Graham . Kenny Carlson . Tim Vaughn . Stormy Trevino . Fidel Tirado . King City Join Union High . Leon Olson . Whirl Wind . Red Sun . Larry Acosta . Mick Wilson . Larry Trevino Band . Rick Walker . Pine Canyon Band . I.B.M.(it became monster) . Red Mountain Band . CachaBeat . Sangre Latina . Groupo Tres Angles . Box O’ Laffs . Mighty High . Xtremity . Circus Boy . P.O.D.(pile of disaster) . World Entertainment War . Santa Cruz Funk Corps . Ed Hatch . Quiet Ones . Shrida Honky . Jive Hounds . Dream Beach . Violin Sanity . Broken English . Ishmael . Jimmy Miracle . Praying Mantis . Palo Altos . Calm Down Juanita . Russ Camerer . The Figgs . Smoke n’ Mudflow Wrestlers . Suzanne Brewer . Dodi . Tiny Kings . Bob Antone . Back Rattle Beat . The Darryl Strawberry’s . Kauwa . Cyclone Killers . Chris Kowanko . Hollywood Lightweights . Mische Eddins . Drive Time . Sacred Janitors on the Edge of Time . Pronoia . Think Good Thoughts . Kick your own Ass . the Sons of the Re- Engineers .