One of improvised music’s most in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called her “a singular talent” (Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes), ”NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz—or otherwise” (Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal), and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). The Philadelphia City Paper‘s Shaun Brady adds, “Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar in recent years with her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style.”
After years of circling one another among mutual friends and colleagues on the New York creative music scene, Halvorson and Crump met in 2011 and immediately made plans to collaborate. From the very first notes, it has been a magical connection. All those notes can be heard on their Intakt debut, Super Eight, which arrived in March of 2013. They now celebrate the release of their second album, Emerge, for which the duo approached their collaboration from a new angle...
Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice).
Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (NY Times). Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and has since released two recordings documenting his duo collaborations with both alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist James Carney.
Doors at 6, Concert at 8, Admission: $7 / $5 Students w/ ID