Seattle guitarist, Bill has established himself as an internationally known improviser/composer/performer in a wide array of genres including rock, jazz, contemporary chamber, avant garde, folk, new music and several subgenres within each. He has appeared on over 80 recordings and has performed well over 1000 concerts throughout North and Central America, Europe, and Japan.. Bill has worked with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Stuart Dempster, KK Null, Matt Chamberlain, Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Chris Cutler, Damo Suzuki(Can), Vidushi Sumitra Guha, Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple), William Hooker, Secret Chiefs 3, Eugene Chadbourne, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Joe Morris, Shazaad Ismaily, Jamie Saft, Saadet Tuerkoez, Amy Denio, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Steve Fisk, Reggie Watts and Eyvind Kang as well as members of Pearl Jam and Sunn0))) among others. He has toured and recorded with a number of bands including Kinski, and Six Organs of Admittance in addition to extensive solo activity. His unusual approach to music has found him in equally unusual scenarios – from composing using transatlantic freighters as instruments to appearing on “America’s Got Talent.” He also creates music for film, modern dance and video games (most recently for Warner Brother’s Lord of the Rings – The Shadow of Mordor). Bill has received critical praise from dozens of both local and international periodicals including The Wire, Guitar Player Magazine and Alternative Press. He has also been the recipient of several local and regional grants for his work. In 2012, Bill was quoted and mentioned in a “short list of…individuals who have made notable contributions” to prepared guitar in the book “Nice Noise: Modifications and Preparations for Guitar” by Bart Hopkin and Yuri Landman. In 2005 and 2006, he was nominated for "Jazz Artist of the Year" and "Guitarist of the Year" respectively by the Seattle Weekly. Bill lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. and teaches both conventional and unconventional guitar to all ages and levels of experience both privately and in schools from elementary- to college-level.
Bill H has over 27 years of music experience in the Seattle area.
Bill attended Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Grand Valley Sate University, He studied art, music at each school respectively.
Bill began playing guitar at age 17 and had a few guitar teachers early on that got him started. From there he had immersed himself in music and much of his education came from practical hands-on experience with some of the most talented creative musicians/composers of the last few decades (see bio for specifics).
Bill has played in just about every type of venue from caves to sold-out 15,000 seat arenas. In addition to numerous international tours (most recently being a 10-city Spring 2016 tour of Japan), he has appeared at numerous festivals including the St John Sound Symposium (Newfoundland, Canada), Supersonic (Birmingham, UK), Roadburn (Tilburg, Netherlands), Taktlos (Zuerich, Switzerland), Berlin Music Fest, Nicaragua International Jazz Fest, Spring Reverb (San Diego/Tijuana), Big Sur Experimental Music Fest (Big Sur),Yamaguchi University Festival (Yamaguchi, Japan) Mission Creek Music Fest (San Francisco), Seattle Improvised Music Fest, AntiMatter Fest (Vancouver, Canada) and Olympia Experimental Music Fest.
In addition to teaching private guitar lessons to all ages, experience levels and genres for the last fifteen years, Bill conducts presentations and workshops at schools from first grade to college-level, including the University of Calgary, Western Washington University, Seattle Art Institute, Nicaragua International Jazz Festival, Martin Luther King Elementary (Seattle), the Experience Music Project, Big Picture School for at-risk youth as well as the annual Jack Straw Blind Youth Audio Workshop.
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"I highly recommend BIll as a music instructor. Students of any age will have a wonderful experience working with him. In addition to having been a performing and recording musician in a number of music activities at Jack Straw Cultural Center, he has been a lead teaching artist for the music component of our summer program for blind and visually impaired youth since 2013. I am very impressed with Bill's musicianship and ability to work with students of different ages and often very different abilities. Our summer program for blind high school students takes an extra degree of patience and ingenuity. This program brings students together for a 20 hour program to work together to create and record a new song from start to finish. Bill is the lead music instructor and provides primary instruction and support for the instrumental students. He works with a vocal instructor who supports the singers in the group. Bill's kind and generous personality makes these students with special needs feel comfortable, engaged, and excited to work. He is able to adjust to new situations easily and makes everyone feel welcome. He is an amazing musician and teacher and I am delighted to recommend him for students of any age." Joan Rabinowitz wrote at Saturday, Aug. 13th 2016
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