Renowned Composer, Richard Horowitz, Passes Away At 75

Richard Horowitz, a pianist and composer who shared a Golden Globe Award with Ryuichi Sakamoto for their soundtrack to The Sheltering Sky, passed away on Saturday, April 13, in Marrakesh, Morocco, as stated in a post on his wife Sussan Deyhim’s Instagram page.

Born in 1949 in Buffalo, New York, Horowitz traveled around Europe as a professional musician for a large portion of his early adult life. He studied the ney (a traditional flute) in Morocco and electronic music in Paris throughout the 1970s. In response, he put out a number of albums centered around the ney in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

1981 saw Horowitz form two significant alliances: the first was with singer, dancer, and composer Sussan Deyhim, who would later become his wife. The second was with Jon Hassell, who quickly extended an invitation for Horowitz to join his touring company and collaborate on albums like Power Spot, which combined elements of contemporary music technology and ancient mysticism.

Performing under the name Drahcir Ztiworoh, he released his official debut album, Eros in Arabia, the same year. It has since been hailed as a seminal piece in the evolution of American minimalism. Having lived most of his life in Morocco, he co-founded the Gnawa and World Music Festival in 1998 in Essaouira, which attracts about 500,000 visitors annually.

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