Posted in music | tour dates on January 12, 2011

by Adam Schatz (Search & Restore)

Mary Halvorson (photo by Peter Gannushkin)
Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson's sound is a hyena, sharp and active. Historically, the classic jazz guitar tone and reputation is closer to a basset hound. 9 out of 10 dentists prefer the one who's out for blood. Standing out from the pack, Halvorson's strings cut with beauty and precision. Her melodies are hooky and complex at the same time, no small feat, and her talent for improvising with her hand picked ensemble is one to be seen to be believed. There is a fluidness to her style, and it is all in the art of juxtaposition. She is jagged but defined, aggressive but beautiful.

On Thursday, January 13th, she's performing at Littlefield in Brooklyn in a collaborative trio with improvisers Weasel Walter on the drums and Peter Evans on the trumpet. This double whammy show pairs Halvorson's crew with Mostly Other People Do The Killing, an gloriously titled high energy group (sharing Evans on the trumpet and Talibam!'s Kevin Shea on drums), smashing jazz aesthetics with subtle and not so subtle humor and phenomenal talent. Don't miss it.

The Littlefield show is a record release party for the trio's new record, Electric Fruit, out January 25th via Thirsty Ear. It will be Mary's first release in 2011. She lists nine that came out in 2010. Those include the notable Mary Halvorson Quintet album, Saturn Sings, which was released via Firehouse 12.

Mary can also be found tonight, January 12th, playing with Marc Ribot at Le Poisson Rouge. A video and all of her tour dates can be found below...

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Mary Halvorson Trio - Trio #12

Wednesday, January 12th @ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, NYC) 10pm
Marc Ribot's Sunship with special guest Henry Grimes
Marc Ribot & Mary Halvorson (guitars), Henry Grimes (bass) & Chad Taylor (drums)

Thursday, January 13th @ Littlefield (622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn)
Weasel Walter/ Mary Halvorson/ Peter Evans NY record release show!
double bill with Mostly Other People Do The Killing

January 18th-27th
Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House- European Tour
Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), John Hebert (bass) & Tom Rainey (drums)
Tuesday, January 18th @ Vortex (London, UK)
Wednesday, January 19th @ Moments-Club (Bremen, Germany)
Thursday, January 20th @ Alter Schlachthof (Wels, Austria)
Friday, January 21st @ Paradox (Tilburg, Netherlands)
Sunday, January 23rd @ Loft (Cologne, Germany)
Monday, January 24th @ Cafe Wilhelmina (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Tuesday, January 25th @ Unterfahrt (Munich, Germany)
Wednesday, January 26th @ Club Gromka (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Thursday, January 27th @ Porgy and Bess (Vienna, Austria)

Sunday, February 13th @ Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St, NYC) 8:30pm
Matt Mitchell's Central Chain
Matt Mitchell (piano), Tim Berne (saxophone), Oscar Noriega (bass clarinet), Mary Halvorson (guitar), John Hebert (bass) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

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Comments (21)

shes da bomb

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 5:40 PM

Sunship should be pretty sweet tonight

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 5:45 PM

Mary fuckin rules!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 7:06 PM

She can take hold of my thick jazz guitar anytime

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 8:51 PM

^
Oh, hush, Rick. : )

Posted by Mary Halvorson | January 12, 2011 9:15 PM

I dont know who you think wrote that comment Mary H, but it wasnt Rick!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 9:43 PM

is dat da chick that plays free jazz at the whitney?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 10:06 PM

Mary Halverson "shreds" at 2:08!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2011 10:16 PM

The metaphor about hyenas versus basset hounds, and dentists preferring the one that is out for blood, is very confused. The hyena and basset hound are both out for blood. The hound will hound an animal until it is up a tree. The hyena will eat a dead animal, or prey on a living one.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 12:55 AM

Mary's a good guitar player. Looked like a good line up at Le Poisson Rouge tonight especially with Chad Taylor.

Weasel is also a good drummer but a cocky guy too often.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 3:35 AM

The show last night was great, but there was no Ribot solo set to open, as advertised.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 8:43 AM

@3:35
weasel isn't just cocky, he's annoying idiot

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 8:56 AM

Mary rules

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 10:16 AM

Agreed w/ 3:35 & 8:56. I like some of his music, but he comes off as way too elitist and contentious.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 10:45 AM

Weasel is the man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 12:38 PM

Flying Luttenbachers were great. Wish more people knew about them. Yes, I know Weasel has moved on since...

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 12:46 PM

Mary is ten times the guitar player Marnie Stern could ever dream of being.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 1:12 PM

A fine guitarist who seems to always play in very interesting and challenging combinations. and she did this lush beautiful project with Jessica Pavone...

Posted by nygrump | January 13, 2011 2:39 PM

Have to check her out (in more ways than one!).

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 3:28 PM

We all know about the Flying Luttenbachers.
They were a good band. But Weasel is still really full of himself unfortunately.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 3:56 PM

^ Agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2011 4:04 PM

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