Steve Horowitz, American Composer

 

"One of the foremost figures in the field. Highly original, unique and full of contradiction. One moment beautiful, another jarring. One moment funny, another deadly serious. It is hard to pin down the creative genius that some have described as a force of nature." -Dale Crowley (Designing Music Now!)

 

A creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician, Steve Horowitz is perhaps best known for his original Score to the Academy Award Nominated film Super Size Me. The artist behind twenty six albums of mind bending original music, a grammy winning engineer, Webby and Kid Screen award winning audio director, he currently resides in San Francisco.

Steve studied at the California Institute of the Arts with composers Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick , Micheal Jon Fink and Stephen "Lucky" Mosko. Currently teaching at San Francisco State University, he has also lectured at UCSC, AAU, New York University, California Institute of the Arts, and the Berklee College of Music.

 

Performance underwriting and commissions include: Meet the Composer Fund, the Lab SF, The Kitchen NYC, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts NL, Fund for the Interactive Sound Arts Netherlands, Gravy Train Dance Company, The Alternate Currents Ensemble, Music at the Anthology (MATA, executive producer Phillip Glass), The Astoria Symphony, The Flux String Quartet, The Guerilla Composers Collective and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

Touring around the world has helped to form Steve's unique perspective and voice. His music has been heard at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, The Red Cat Theater in LA, The Miller Theater and The Kitchen in NYC, just to name a few. He frequently collaborates with other artists - joining forces with an eclectic variety of musicians such as electric guitar wizards Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp and Henry Kaiser, saxophone greats Lenny Pickett and Ralph Carney, Dan Plonsey, Steve Adams, The Clubfoot Orchestra, Glen Spearman, acoustic bassist Tatsu Aoki, and the Balkan music ensemble Zhaba. 

 

In addition to his work in chamber and concert music, Horowitz writes music for Dance, Film, Television, Cartoons, and Video Games. Steve wrote the score to the Academy award nominated film Super Size Me. As audio director at Nickelodeon Digital, he has literally worked on Hundreds of Videos games and interactive projects. Steve has a Webby (2003), two Broadcast Design (2003 & 2007) and two Kids Screen Awards (2017 & 2020). He was also honored in 1996 with a Grammy award for his engineering work on the album "True Life Blues, the Songs of Bill Monroe". Horowitz has been featured in Bass Player magazine and books The Art of Digital Music and The Guerilla Guide to the Music Business. He is also the author of "The Essential Guide to Game Audio: The Theory and Practice of Sound for Games" on Focal press.

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