Billy Novick is internationally recognized as a musician, performer, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has made spotlight appearances at numerous festivals, including the Kool, Newport, Edinburgh, Brecon (Wales), Marsiac (France), and Breda (Netherlands) jazz festivals, as well as the Philadelphia and Winnipeg folk festivals.
If you haven't had a chance to see him perform in concert, you've undoubtedly heard him as he has been featured as a sideman on over 250 recordings. As a composer, arranger or studio musician, his music has appeared in more than 100 film scores, television shows and commercials, including John Sayles' Eight Men Out and Lone Star, Wes Craven's Music Of The Heart, The Opposite of Sex, and Seabiscuit. His clarinet playing can be heard on the theme songs of the popular PBS shows Antiques Roadshow and This Old House.
He has composed fifteen pieces for modern dance and has created two full-length ballet scores for The Washington Ballet- The Great Gatsby and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises. Each ballet premiered to seven sold-out, enthusiastic houses at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His jugband adaptation of Peter and the Wolf (on Alcazar Records, with Dave Van Ronk narrating) premiered in New York's Lincoln Center in 1992, and his orchestral arrangements have been performed throughout the US and Europe.