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.
Jamaaladeen has always stretched the mold of what and how a bassist is supposed to play. He has re-defined his instrument’s artistic potential. “Tacuma has developed an instrumental conception for the bass that could well be the sound of the future, if today’s musicians are brave enough to confront it.” THE RECORD
Jamaaladeen Tacuma & Mary Halvorson Strings & Things, BandCamp, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog #MaryHalvorson #JamaaladeenTacuma
Strings & Things
While on tour sharing the stage every night I while on tour in 2014 Mary & Jamaaladeen found the opportunity for a Duet recording. The telepathic creative energy was flying high after the concerts to adoring packed houses in Japan . The result “Strings & Things “ a self titled debut recording. Two ground breaking critically acclaimed forward thinking musicians from two very distinct generations come together for a sincere creative improvisational journey.
Their unique voices melding together for a riveting auditory experience. Another historical step forward.
Mary Halvorson – Guitar and Electronics
Jamaaladeen Tacuma – Bass Guitar
Produced by Jamaaladeen Tacuma for Jam All Productions
Associate Rahima Tacuma
Recorded at Tacuma Express Recording Studios Tokyo, Japan
Mixed & mastered by Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Cover Art Design by Sound Evidence