William Winant

Biography

William Winant is a very active percussionist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is known in the classical world as an enthusiastic participant in avant-garde music, and also works in pop, rock, and jazz music. He has made more than a hundred recordings in all genres.

Winant is a member of the faculties of the University of California's home campus in Berkeley and at its Santa Cruz campus. In addition, he teaches at Mills College in
Read more Oakland. Leading composers who have written for him include John Zorn, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Somei Satoh, Leo Wadada Smith, John Cage, Alvin Curran, Gordon Mumma and Alvin Lucier. The New York Times Critic's Choice for best contemporary recording of 1988 was his recording of Lou Harrison's La Koro Sutro on the New Albion label. One of his major projects was a collaboration between several avant garde composers and the rock band Sonic Youth, named by the Village Voice as one of the best rock/classical fusion recordings ever made.

Major artists with which he has worked include Pierre Boulez, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Souxie and the Banshees, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Anthony Braxton, Iannis Xenakis, Keith Jarrett, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, and Cecil Taylor. Kronos String Quartet, and the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle. He appeared on the Danny Elfman's soundtrack as percussion soloist in Batman Returns, and also has played with Elfman's former rock band Oingo Boingo.

He is a member of the John Zorn Chamber Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Room, and Challenge. For ten years he was the percussionist of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and the timpanist of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for four years. Read less
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  • 1.
    Parkins, Rzewski, Tenney / William Winant, Eclipse Quartet
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80740 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederic Rzewski,  Zeena Parkins,  James Tenney
    Performer:  William Winant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eclipse String Quartet
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    Curran: Schtyx / Abel-steinberg-winant Trio
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 668 Release Date: 11/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alvin Curran
    Performer:  Julie Steinberg,  William Winant,  David Abel,  Dina Weinschelbaum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio
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    Chris Brown: Iconicities: 3 Pieces For Percussion & Live Electronics
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 807232 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chris Brown
    Performer:  Chris Brown,  William Winant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  William Winant Percussion Group
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    Harrison: Music For Orchestra, Ensemble & Gamelan / Davies, Brooklyn Philharmonic
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2571 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Stephen Tramontazzi,  Peter Shelton,  Lee Duckles  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra,  Gamelan Si Betty  ... 
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    Edmund Campion: Outside Music / San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1037 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edmund Campion
    Performer:  Christopher Froh,  Ellen Ruth Rose,  Gloria Cheng,  Vicki Ray  ... 
    Conductor:  David Milnes
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    Frith: Back To Life / Jeanrenaud, Vandewalle, Et Al
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 8045 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fred Frith
    Performer:  Daan Vandewalle,  William Winant
    Conductor:  Stephen Drury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Callithumpian Consort
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    Lou Harrison - In Retrospect
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80666 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Heather Sloan,  William Winant,  Leta Miller,  Leroy Kromm  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicole A. Paiement,  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cruz Orchestra University of California,  U. C. Santa Cruz Chamber Singers
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    Chris Brown - Rogue Wave
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 8014 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chris Brown
    Performer:  William Winant,  Toyoji Tomita,  Chris Brown,  Tadashi Usami  ... 
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    Peter Garland - Love Songs
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 8012 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Garland
    Performer:  Roy Malan,  Timba Harris,  William Winant,  Heather Heise  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio
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    Zorn: Rituals
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 8011 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  William Winant,  James Pugliese,  Jim Pugh  ... 
    Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
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    Lucier: Still & Moving Lines Of Silence In Families
    Label: Lovely Music   Catalog: 1015 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alvin Lucier
    Performer:  Rebecca Armstrong,  Thomas Ridenour,  William Winant,  Daniel Panner  ... 
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    Harrison: Mass To St. Anthony, Etc / Maginnis, Miller, Etc
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 05/06/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Brian Staufenbiel,  Patrice Maginnis,  William Winant,  Leta Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicole A. Paiement
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  California Parallèle Ensemble,  U. C. Santa Cruz Chamber Singers,  U. C. Santa Cruz Percussion Ensemble
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    John Zorn: Chimeras
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7085 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  Michael Lowenstern,  Stephen Drury,  Fred Sherry,  Jennifer Choi  ... 
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    Larry Polansky: Four-voice Canons / Polansky, Diamond, Etc
    Label: Cold Blue   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Larry Polansky
    Performer:  Larry Polansky,  William Winant,  Chris Mann,  Daniel Goode  ... 
    Conductor:  William Brooks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Vocal Index
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    Cold Blue - Bowen, Budd, Byron, Cox, Fink, Fox, Lentz, Et Al
    Label: Cold Blue   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 04/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jim Fox,  James Tenney,  John Kuhlman,  Read Miller  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Krupnick,  Dane Little,  Rick Cox,  Conlon Nancarrow  ... 
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    Mumma: Live-electronic Music
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7074 Release Date: 01/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gordon Mumma
    Performer:  David Tudor,  William Winant,  George Cacioppo,  Robert Ashley  ... 
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    Christian Wolff: Burdocks
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7071 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Wolff
    Performer:  Peter Wahrhaftig,  Jennifer Choi,  Stephen Drury,  William Winant  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Other Minds Ensemble
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    Marty Walker - Dancing On Water
    Label: Cold Blue   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jim Fox,  Michael Byron,  Rick Cox,  Michael Jon Fink  ... 
    Performer:  Marty Walker,  Wadada Leo Smith,  Bryan Pezzone,  Rick Cox  ... 
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    Harrison: Double Concerto, Trio / King, Jensen, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1073 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Kenneth Goldsmith,  Terry King,  John Jensen,  Lou Harrison  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mirecourt Trio,  Mills College Gamelan
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    Harrison: Rhymes With Silver / Joan Jeanrenaud, Et Al
    Label: New Albion   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Benjamin Simon,  David Abel,  Julie Steinberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio
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  • 21.
    As The Sound Of Many Waters - James Newton: Chamber Music
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80579 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Newton
    Performer:  Roy Malan,  Stephen Harrison,  Tom Schultz,  Tod Brody  ... 
    Conductor:  David Milnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
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  • 22.
    Merit - John Cage At Summerstage / La Barbara, Winant, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4875 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage
    Performer:  Leonard Stein,  Joan La Barbara,  William Winant,  John Cage
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  • 23.
    Curran: Theme Park, Charlie's Park / William Winant
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7039 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alvin Curran
    Performer:  William Winant
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  • 24.
    Music Romance Vol. 1: Music For Children, 10th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7321 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Zorn
    Performer:  John Zorn,  Marc Ribot,  Greg Cohen,  Erik Friedlander  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio,  Prelapse
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  • 25.
    Luc Ferrari: Cellule 75
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7033 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luc Ferrari
    Performer:  Chris Brown,  William Winant,  Luc Ferrari
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