The Royal We are Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Skerik (tenor saxophone), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), Jacques Willis (vibes), and Dave Abramsom (drums). The music is highly improvised, working from motifs and compositions by Horvitz, with an emphasis on grooves influenced by African pop music, 60’s modal jazz and open improvisations. The music ranges from almost experimental to almost folkish, but with a singular sound.
The Church House is a 1890 church converted into a private home, with exceptional acoustics and ambience.
Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist and electronic musician. He is the 2016 recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the NEA American Masterpieces Award, and three MAP Fund awards. He has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, The Icicle Creek Trio, the Seattle Symphony, BAM and The Kitchen, among others. He is collaborated with Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Gus Van Sant, John Zorn, and Butch Morris. He appears on over 300 albums, 30 as a leader.
Skerik is a saxophonist and electronic performer with numerous projects and extensive experience as a much-in- demand sideman. His current projects include Bandalabra, Omaha Diner (w/Steve Bernstein Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte) and”Medeski, Skerik and Deitch (Darkwave). He has performed and recorded with Stewart Copeland, Les Claypool, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Galactic, Ivan Neville and Fred Wesley.
Bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes is a Seattle native who has been composing and performing music since he attended Garfield High School. He was a member of the award-winning symphony orchestra at Garfield while writing music for the hip-hop group Maroon Colony. He is purposeful in his resolve to use his music to remove the barriers imposed on music, musicians and society--no genres. His vision is to create music that reflects beauty; stirs the emotions; and, enlightens the soul. He is the leader and co-leader of Industrial Revelation, The Teaching and Threat of Beauty.
Drummer Dave Abramson is best known for his innovative and highly nuanced drumming with such diverse ensembles as That Master Musicians of Bukkake, in Climax Golden Twins and has collaborated with Secret Chiefs 3, Eyvind Kang, Six Organs of Admittance, Grails, etc. He is the co-founder of The Diminished Men, Seattle’s avant psychedelic instrumental surf trio.
Vibraphonist Jacques Willis is an award-winning rock, jazz and fusion artist from Anchorage, Alaska, currently making his home in Seattle. He has been described as “exciting, endlessly creative, and looking like a Muppet when he plays” by Earshot Jazz, Keyboard Magazine, and The Stranger, respectively. A graduate of Cornish College of The Arts, Willis has performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Barret Martin, Mark Pickerel, and Star Anna.