Mary Halvorson (born October 16, 1980) is an American avant-garde jazz guitarist from Brookline, Massachusetts. Among her many collaborations, she has: led a trio with John Hébert and Ches Smith, and a quintet with the addition of Jon Irabagon and Jonathan Finlayson; recorded duo albums with violist Jessica Pavone; and recorded several albums with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara under the band name Thumbscrew. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 Halvorson won Best Guitar in DownBeat’s International Critics Poll. In 2019, she was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant for music.
Amaryllis by Mary Halvorson, BandCamp, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog
Amaryllis is a six-song suite performed by a newly formed sextet of master improvisers, including Halvorson, Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Nick Dunston (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Jacob Garchik (trombone), and Adam O’Farrill (trumpet). The Mivos string quartet joins for three of the songs, making this the largest ensemble for which Halvorson has written to date. The suite showcases Halvorson’s many musical influences from jazz, experimental, new music, and beyond.
releases May 13, 2022