Firehouse 12 To Present The Mary Halvorson Quintet December 4th

November 4, 2009

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

On Friday, December 4th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present acclaimed Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her newest ensemble, the Mary Halvorson Quintet. The group, which adds two horns to the longstanding trio that recorded Ms. Halvorson’s highly regarded 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), will feature Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone), John Hébert (bass) and Ches Smith (drums). This will be the band’s final performance before going into the studio a week later to record all new material for its forthcoming 2010 release on Firehouse 12 Records.

“Mary Halvorson is the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar-slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now,” declared eminent jazz critic/author Howard Mandel on his blog, Jazz Beyond Jazz. Critics have also called her “a new voice on the instrument” (Philip McNally, Cadence), “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) and “the most impressive guitarist of her generation” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com). “She plays guitar in a way that fractures conventions,” added Steve Dollar in the New York Sun, “restlessly inventing her own paradigms.”

An active member of the diverse New York music scene since 2002, Ms. Halvorson has toured the globe with groups spanning a wide variety of genres. In addition to her trio and quintet, she co-leads a genre-defiant duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock trio People and the improvising collective The Thirteenth Assembly. She is also a member of several of iconic saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton’s ensembles, as well as groups led by Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Myra Melford, Tom Rainey and Marc Ribot among others. Her discography features nearly 25 releases on more than 15 labels, including her first effort as a bandleader, Dragon’s Head, which the New York Times‘ Nate Chinen called “one of the standout jazz albums of 2008.” Learn more at http://maryhalvorson.com

2009 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: Darius Jones Trio
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


Mary Halvorson Featured In The Wire

January 21, 2009

wire_feb09Hot on the heels of being profiled earlier this week at Dusted as one of 10 artists to watch in 2009 (and in DownBeat, Jazz Review, JazzTimes, New York Times and Time Out New York in the ’08), guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is featured in the February 2009 issue of The Wire.

The article, written by Philip Clark, explores Mary’s relationship with the guitar, as well as her musical personality and the differences between her work as a bandleader on 2008’s Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records) vs. her collaborations with violist Jessica Pavone and drummer Kevin Shea.

You can also find a series of exclusive tidbits from Mary on The Wire‘s Web site.


Mary Halvorson Trio To Perform At Roulette February 13th

December 17, 2008
Mary Halvorson Trio by Peter Gannushkin

Mary Halvorson Trio by Peter Gannushkin

On Friday, February 13th, Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her trio will perform at Roulette in New York.  The group, which also features bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, will be premiering brand new music in addition to performing selections from its acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records).  The record, Ms. Halvorson’s first at the helm of her own ensemble, is featured on best-of-the-year lists in AllAboutJazz-New York, Hartford Courant and The Wire.

Critics called Dragon’s Head “an auspicious debut” (Bill Meyer, DownBeat), “a powerful experience” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review) and “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” (Nate Chinen, New York Times).  “A singular talent,” adds AllAboutJazz.com’s 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.”

A veteran of the ensembles of esteemed saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, Ms. Halvorson has been active in New York since 2000, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School.  In addition to her trio, she co-leads a chamber music duo with violist Jessica Pavone and the avant-rock duo, People, with drummer Kevin Shea.  She has also performed in ensembles led by Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Curtis Hasselbring, Tony Malaby, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Moran, Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, John Tchicai and Matthew Welch among many others.


Reminder: Mary Halvorson Trio at Barbès November 12th

November 11, 2008

 

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.


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.”