Mary Halvorson: Amaryllis
Mary Halvorson – Guitar
Patricia Brennan – Vibraphone
Nick Dunston – Bass
Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Jacob Garchik – Trombone
Adam O’Farrill – Trumpet
Amaryllis is a six-song suite performed by a sextet of master improvisers. Their debut album was released on Nonesuch in 2022 alongside a companion work, Belladonna (for Halvorson with the Mivos Quartet). The album won Downbeat's album of the year and Halvorson herself guitarist of the year.
Halvorson has been described as “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). 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.
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.
Part of JazzBoston's award-winning Jazz All Ways series, which is made possible in part by generous support from Mass Cultural Council, Cambridge Arts and Cambridge Community Foundation.