Interview with Mary Halvorson 

Source: Tone Madison.

New York-based guitarist Mary Halvorson’s creative output is seemingly inexhaustible. Playing on more than 100 releases since the mid-2000s, Halvorson has solidified a reputation in the national avant-garde jazz scene as one of the most reliable performers and composers—from her early collaborations with legendary woodwind player Anthony Braxton, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer Ches Smith, and violist Jessica Pavone, to more recent band fixtures like Thumbscrew, Code Girl, and her ever-expansive solo-billed unit that began as a trio and has organically blossomed into an octet. In the last five years, Halvorson, along with her longtime drummer Tomas Fujiwara (in the aforementioned Thumbscrew, Thirteenth Assembly, The Hook Up, etc.) have also joined forces with Chicago-based cellist-composer Tomeka Reid and contrabassist Jason Roebke. As the Tomeka Reid Quartet, they recently dropped a sophomore album, Old New, on Cuneiform Records at the beginning of October, which deepens the exhilarating interplay of melody and texture, composition and improvisation that defined their self-titled debut record in 2015.