Music by Mikhail Horowitz and Guitarist Gilles Malkine
May 16, 2020
The metaphysically unfit duo of wordshpritzer Mikhail Horowitz and guitarist Gilles Malkine have been performing together in the Hudson Valley and beyond since April 1, 1989. They perpetrate increasingly unlawful acts of political satire and recycle literary classics, adapting them to rap, blues, bop, hip-hop, high-tech hillbilly, and other, even scruffier musical idioms. They also spoof or pay backhanded homage to various subgenres of American roots music.In addition to having graced, if that’s the proper word, every club, café, community center, college, and correctional facility in the mid-Hudson area, they’ve also performed at such venues as the People’s Voice Café, St. Peter’s (the “Jazz Church”), and the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City; the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle; Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference in Maine; Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton; and the annual convention of the United Auto Workers in Michigan. They have shared bills and/or collaborated with Peter Schickele (P. D. Q. Bach), Ed Sanders (The Fugs), Kinky Friedman, Jim Hightower, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, among many others.
Mikhail Horowitz is the author of Big League Poets (City Lights, 1978) and Ancient Baseball (Alte Books, 2019); and two collections of poetry. His CD of jazz fables, The Blues of the Birth, was released by Sundazed Records, and he also has work on the Bring It On Home compilation (Columbia Records) and several other anthology albums. He and Malkine have two CDs of material recorded live in the Hudson Valley, Live, Jive, & Over 45 and Poor, On Tour, & Over 54.
Gilles Malkine performed at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 as a member of Tim Hardin’s band. He has recorded with Hardin, Billy Faier, John Sebastian, and his late mother, Sonia Malkine, the world’s preeminent collector and interpreter of traditional Breton folksongs. He plays guitar, bass, and fiddle, and several of his compositions have been performed in recital by the classical pianist Justin Kolb.