SWEETER THAN THE DAY
West coast tour Spring 2006
Wayne Horvitz - Piano, Fender Rhodes
(Bill Frisell, John Zorn's Naked City, Ponga, Bobby Previte)
Timothy Young - Guitar
(The Youngs, Sam Rivers, David Sylvian, Michael White)
Keith Lowe - Bass
(Fiona Apple, The Willie's, Skerik, Kelly Joe Phelps)
Andy Roth - Drums
(Mylab, Danny Barnes, Zony Mash, Robin Holcomb)
Formed in 1999, Sweeter Than the Day began simply as the acoustic incarnation of Zony Mash, and Wayne Horvitz's first piano-based ensemble in over ten years. Despite the shared personnel, the ensemble is quite distinct from the electric Zony Mash and the repertoire is almost entirely different. The band has toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe, and happy to announce their West Coast tour of the US in April of 2006. Sweeter Than the Day recorded two CDs for Songlines: American Bandstand (now re-titled Forever) (2000) and Sweeter Than the Day (2002). The band's most recent recording is a live double CD on the Kufala label, entitled Live at the Rendezvous (2004).
Sweeter Than the Day
.... a great showcase for Horvitz's beautiful compositions, his really strange angular chord progressions.
- Ned Wharton, NPR's Weekend Edition
"On piano, Horvitz is economical yet lyrical, never venturing far from the strong melodic hooks which characterize his compositions, but constantly working small surprises. An irresistible antidote to gray days."
- The Wire, UK
"American Bandstand's [tracks] 'Ben's Music,' 'Love, Love, Love' and 'Forever' are among the most beatific melodies you'll hear this year." "Horvitz plays sublimely beautiful melodies on piano; Tim Young delivers clean, crisp, coloristic electric guitar; Lowe massages out rueful basslines; and drummer Andy Roth... plays with brushes like an impressionistic painter."
- Christopher Porter, Jazz Times
Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist, and electronic musician who has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He is the leader of Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, Pigpen, The Four plus One Ensemble and co-founder of the NY Composers Orchestra. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn (Naked City, etc.), Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Philip Wilson, Michael Shrieve, and Carla Bley among others. He has been commissioned by the NEA, Meet The Composer, Kronos String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, Mary Flagler, BAM and others. Collaborations with choreographers include work with Paul Taylor with the White Oak Dance Project, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Crispin Spaeth. Film work includes music and sound design for three PBS specials and Gus Van Sandts' "Psycho." He is the 2002 recipient of the Rockefeller Map Grant.
Guitarist Timothy Young has been a major force in Jazz and Rock music in the Northwest for ten years now. He's performed with an amazingly diverse array of musicians - from legendary jazz pioneers such as Julian Priester, Michael White and Sam Rivers - to legendary Seattle rock bands the Scabs, Scallywags and Devilhead and David Sylvian... Tim also spent five influential years touring with Cambodian master musician Dr. Sam Ang Sam, performing the traditional Pin Peat repertoire. As a leader his projects include Guitar Monks, The Youngs and Very Special Forces.
Bassist Keith Lowe's ability to plow through complex changes and furious funk grooves on the electric bass and his beautiful and tuneful string bass playing has made him a highly sought after musician. Besides various local projects and Zony Mash, Keith is currently working and touring with Kelly Joe Phelps, David Sylvian, Fiona Apple and with Bill Frisell's Willies which also features Danny Barnes of Bad Livers.
Andy Roth is arguably the finest all-around drummer in Seattle - and he's performed and recorded with Robin Holcomb, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, 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.
SWEETER THAN THE DAY TOUR DATES
04.01 | The Blue Monk | Portland, OR
04.02 | The Seattle Drum School | Seattle, WA
04.06 | Kuumbwa Jazz Center | Santa Cruz, CA
04.07 | Cafe Metropol | Downtown LA, CA
04.08 | Cafe Metropol | Downtown LA, CA
04.10 | Cafe du Nord | San Francisco, CA
04.13 | Stage Door Cabaret/Coffehouse | Mt. Shasta, CA
04.14 | The Shedd | Eugene, OR
04.15 | Squirrels | Corvallis, OR
04.20 | Rime Club | Vancouver, BC
04.21 | Rime Club | Vancouver, BC
04.22 | The Upstage | Port Townsend, WA