Bill Horist sitting, holding an electric bass, looking at a student playing electric guitar

Bill Horist

Seattle-based guitarist Bill Horist has played on dozens of records and has performed throughout North and Central America, Europe and Japan; collaborating with numerous leading lights in a beguiling range of genres. Perhaps best known for his prepared guitar treatments, his work is widely regarded alongside masters like Fred Frith and Keith Rowe. He has cultivated a unique voice in a number of styles in the realms of, jazz, rock, folk, and experimental music.  Horist is also becoming known as a masterful acoustic fingerstyle player in the tradition of Leo Kottke and John Fahey, additionally incorporating elements from Asia, India, the Middle-East and West Africa.

In both solo and ensemble capacities, Bill has received critical praise internationally and has been awarded several grants and residencies. He has created music for dance, film, theater and video games. In addition to a busy performance schedule, he teaches private lessons and conducts classes and workshops from elementary to graduate levels.

Artist Support Program 1997

Education Projects

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Student in the 2016 Jack Straw Blind Youth Audio Project

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Seattle World School Guitar Class 2017 - sq

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A visually impaired girl is recording vocals in front of a microphone

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Grid of 12 screens in a Zoom session from Blind Youth 2021

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A student wearing glasses and a baseball cap sits holding an ukulele, a microphone in front of him.

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