Crackleknob CD Release Party At Issue Project Room May 24th

May 22, 2009

Crackleknob
Crackleknob
, a collective trio featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Reuben Radding (bass), will celebrate the release of its self-titled debut on hatOLOGY this Sunday, May 24th at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room.

“A compelling example of evenhanded group improvisation,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “the self-titled debut of the collective trio Crackleknob demonstrates the sort of congenial rapport fueled by longstanding friendships. A first-rate example of spontaneous musical dialog between empathetic peers, Crackleknob combines the timbral adventurousness of European free-improvisation with post-AACM dynamics and contemporary trends in lower-case improv.”


Crackleknob Reviewed In The Wire

May 15, 2009

Veteran jazz critic Brian Morton reviews Crackleknob‘s new self-titled debut on hatOLOGY in the June issue of The Wire.

“At first you might think nothing very much is going on,” he writes, “then you realise the most interesting passages are those which have been trimmed down to just a couple of plucked strings, unanchored bass notes and lonely brass breaths and cries. The action’s in the intervals and in the spatial distribution of sound, but there’s a solid architecture to each piece.”

The group, which features trumpeter Nate Wooley, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Reuben Radding, will celebrate its new release with a performance at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room on May 24th.


AAJ Review: Crackleknob

May 11, 2009

“A compelling example of evenhanded group improvisation,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins in his recently posted review, “the self-titled debut of the collective trio Crackleknob demonstrates the sort of congenial rapport fueled by longstanding friendships. Together they bring a refined sensibility to these skeletal musical frameworks, centering their eclectic energies on a unified goal.”

He adds, “A first-rate example of spontaneous musical dialog between empathetic peers, Crackleknob combines the timbral adventurousness of European free-improvisation with post-AACM dynamics and contemporary trends in lower-case improv.”

The band, which features trumpeter Nate Wooley, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Reuben Radding, will celebrate its new release at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room on Sunday, May 24th.


Mary Halvorson Performances In May

April 30, 2009

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has a busy performance schedule in May, beginning with a six-stop European tour featuring a collective trio with Peter Evans and Weasel Walter.

Her schedule will also also include performances at The Stone with Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship (as part of his 55th birthday celebration) and MAP on consecutive Thursdays, and the CD release party for Crackleknob‘s self-titled debut CD on HatHut at the Issue Project Room on Brooklyn.

She’ll conclude the month with two Italian dates with Butch Morris.

Weasel Walter/ Peter Evans/ Mary Halvorson Tour
05/06: Les Instants Chavires (Paris, France)
05/07: Ausland (Berlin, Germany)
05/08: Immerhin (Wurzburg, Germany)
05/09: Lendwirbel Fest (Graz, Austria)
05/10: The Rhiz (Vienna, Austria)
05/11: Siraly (Budapest, Hungary)

Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship
05/14: The Stone (New York, NY) 

MAP
05/21: The Stone (New York, NY)

Crackleknob 
05/24: Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY)

Laurence “Butch” Morris Folding Space: Modette & Other Songs
05/30: Teatro Rossini (Lugo, Italy)
05/31: Teatro Comunale (Modena, Italy)


Mary Halvorson Featured in Today’s New York Times

November 5, 2008

A new article written by Nate Chinen explores Mary’s music and career in anticipation of upcoming performances with violist Jessica Pavone and the Mary Halvorson Trio.

Chinen calls the trio’s debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), “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.”