On Wednesday, November 12th, the Mary Halvorson Trio will perform two sets at Barbès in celebration of its debut, Dragon’s Head, released October 28th on Firehouse 12 Records. This recording, acclaimed Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson‘s first leading her own ensemble, features ten new original compositions written for this two year-old group with bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith.
“A singular talent,” writes AllAboutJazz.com reviewer Troy Collins, “Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser with her trio debut, Dragon’s Head…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.”
“More than an auspicious debut,” added Nate Chinen in the New York Times, “it is among this year’s standout jazz albums and one of the more original recent statements by any jazz guitarist, let alone a female jazz guitarist.”
Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “immediately distinctive” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review), “consistently one of the most fascinating and satisfying guitarists in town” (Time Out New York) and “a figure to watch as she develops a further extension of her already innovative approach to original 21st century sounds” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide). “She plays guitar in a way that fractures conventions,” declared Steve Dollar in the New York Sun, “restlessly inventing her own paradigms.”
Active in New York since 2000, she is a veteran of the ensembles of esteemed saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, as well as groups led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Cady, Brian Chase, Trevor Dunn, Curtis Hasselbring, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ted Reichman and Matthew Welch. Her work as a co-leader includes a chamber music duo with violist Jessica Pavone and the avant-rock duo, People, with drummer Kevin Shea. She has performed all over the world with a wide array of prominent collaborators and appears on nearly two dozen recordings.