Will Holshouser: bio

Will Holshouser   |   Ron Horton   |   David Phillips

Will Holshouser

Will Holshouser was given an accordion as a surprise when he was still young and impressionable. He has since found a unique niche for himself as an accordionist, improviser, and composer in many different areas of music. He tours regularly with jazz violinist Regina Carter and her band Reverse Thread. He also plays in a collaborative trio with Amsterdam-based improvisers, drummer Han Bennink & saxophonist/clarinetist Michael Moore. This group has a new CD out and has toured in Europe, the US and Africa.

Will's long-standing trio features Ron Horton on trumpet and David Phillips on bass. Together since 1998, these three have developed a truly unified group sound. The trio has three CDs out on the Portuguese label Clean Feed. Their third CD, Palace Ghosts and Drunken Hymns was recorded in Portugal with the late, brilliant pianist Bernardo Sassetti as special guest.

Will has also played with David Krakauer, Antony and the Johnsons, Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright, Andy Statman, Phillip Johnston, Matt Munisteri & Brock Mumford, the Raymond Scott (tribute) Orchestrette, Roberto Rodriguez, Mark Morris Dance, New York City Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.

Will studied composition with Anthony Braxton and Bill Barron at Wesleyan University, where he received a grant to research Cajun and Creole music in Louisiana. After moving to New York in the early 1990s, he studied accordion with Dr. William Schimmel. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and daughter.

Ron Horton

Ron Horton (trumpet) has three CDs out under his own name, Everything in a Dream, Subtextures (both on Fresh Sound New Talent) and Genius Envy (Omnitone). He is a long-standing member of New York's Jazz Composers Collective and has worked with Andrew Hill, Jane Ira Bloom, Lee Konitz, Phillip Johnston, Frank Kimbrough, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Ted Nash, Michael Blake, the Herbie Nichols Project, and more.

David Phillips

David Phillips (bass) has released three cds as a leader, most recently Freedance Live, and toured in North America and Europe with his group Freedance. He began learning bass from his father, Barre Phillips, then studied with Homer Mensch at Mannes College of Music and earned a graduate degree from Juilliard under Eugene Levinson. While active as a session player in New York, he is currently a member of the Syrian group Hewar, Bruce Arnold’s Spooky Actions and performs regularly with Indian singer, Kiran Ahluwalia.

Will Holshouser Trio Will Holshouser

Will Holshouser Trio Ron Horton

Will Holshouser Trio David Phillips

photos by Günther Gröger