Ric Hordinski

Musician, Producer, Arranger
Cincinnati, OH USA

Monk in the Monastery

Years before Radiohead put Sigur Rós on the map, Ric Hordinski was painting soundscapes with his first band, the cult-faves, Over the Rhine. His instrumental interludes and echo-laden guitar contributed to the band's rich, layered sound. Since leaving OTR, Ric has appeared on records with John Mayer, David Wilcox, Ben Harper, Richard Thompson, Tony Levin, Bill Kreutzmann, Victor Wooten, Victoria Williams. Robbie Fulks and many others.

He's produced award-winning records for a host of folks including Over The Rhine, Wilcox and Phil Keaggy. On his own, hiding behind the Monk moniker, he released six independent records that featured alternately the songwriting craft he honed during his eight years in OTR, the ambient guitar that garnered demand as a studio musician and the ear for songcraft that makes him an excellent producer. He seems to be one of the few musicians able to straddle comfortably the distance between ground-breaking avant-garde explorations (witness his association with people like David Torn) and truly beautiful pop music.

Paste Music has called him "the rarest kind of virtuoso, the kind who knows when not to play" this penchant for understatement has its rewards: Ric received a Grammy nomination in 2003, has received two Cammy awards and a Dove award. Ric recently added Artist Control and Artist Mix to Monastery Studio in Cincinnati.