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Mary Halvorson: Amaryllis

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Mary Halvorson, Patricia Brennan, Nick Dunston, Tomas Fujiwara,, Jacob Garchik, and Adam O’Farrill pose for a photo.

Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson has been described as “a singular talent” (JazzTimes), ”[New York City’s] least-predictable improviser” (City Arts), “one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz—or otherwise” (The Wall Street Journal) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Village Voice). In recent Downbeat Critics Polls, Halvorson has been celebrated as guitarist, rising star jazz artist and rising star composer of the year, and in 2019 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. On stage at The Clarice is Amaryllis, 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 suite showcases Halvorson’s many musical influences from jazz, experimental, new music and beyond.

One of New York City’s most in-demand guitarists, over the past decade Halvorson has worked with such diverse musicians as Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, John Dieterich, Trevor Dunn, Bill Frisell, Ingrid Laubrock, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Jessica Pavone, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot and John Zorn. She is also part of several collaborative projects, most notably the longstanding trio Thumbscrew with Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.



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