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William Hoshal: Bio

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Composer, arranger, and performer William Hoshal draws creative influence from the worlds he inhabits. Originally trained as an instrumentalist, his award-winning music has been featured in jazz festivals and on the concert stage both here and abroad.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, William?s artistic roots began in the rich Portland, Oregon music scene and took him to the jazz and commercial worlds of the east coast. He relocated to the desert southwest where a lifelong fascination with indigenous music of all kinds and an interest to connect with his own distant heritage ultimately led him to add the Native American flute and various world flutes to his musical lexicon. Influenced by jazz legends John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson, as well as Native American musicians like Jim Pepper, John Rainier Jr., and Kevin Locke, he began incorporating the traditions of the native flute into the harmonic and rhythmic structures of jazz and contemporary classical music.

As a jazz and commercial musician, he has performed with artists such as Pat Metheny, The Brecker Brothers, Clark Terry, James Moody, Bob Mintzer, Michito Sanchez, Doc Severinson, Maureen McGovern, Celine Dion, and Lou Rawls.

William was a staff musician/orchestrator/composer for the Walt Disney Company for over a decade and currently composes and designs sound for the video game industry. He also holds the position of Senior Composer/Sound Designer and Audio Director for King Show Games.

Frequently in-demand as a composer, orchestrator and producer, as well as jazz and session musician, he has been a featured performer at festivals as varied as the Kool and Playboy Jazz Festivals, Jacksonville and Mt. Hood Jazz Festivals, Pacific Northwest Flute Quest, Zion Music Festival, and Yosemite Music Festival.

In 2009, William joined forces with noted world flutist and educator Gary Stroutsos to create Winds of Honor Music. Their mission is to create and promote cultural awareness through concerts, recordings, children?s programs, workshop presentations and lecture tours.

His solo flute CD, A RUMOR OF THE SUN, a musical collage of settings focusing on the haunting voice of the Native American Flute was nominated for an Independent Music Award and has received rave reviews from such publications as Whispering Wind and New Age Retailer. His compositions and improvisational explorations on this beautiful instrument have been called "Masterful...energetic, soulful, and moving" and "wonderfully spirited." In 2008, A RUMOR OF THE SUN rose to #8 on the New Age chart and was honored with a Native American Music Award nomination.

William has also co-produced a new release of ECHOES OF CANYON DE CHELLY for Gary Stroutsos and Paul Thompson; the nominated WITHIN YOU, WITHOUT YOU for Gary Stroutsos and White Swan Records; DOORWAY TO A DREAM for Ann Licater; INERTIA PRIME for the electro-trance group Lonotage; and two new solo CD projects including THE LANGUAGE OF CLOUDS, the highly anticipated follow-up to A RUMOR OF THE SUN.

In addition, William is an award winning fine artist whose work has appeared in galleries and private collections around North America.