Mary Halvorson Interview

Source: Barry Cleveland.

Mary Halvorson has become a fixture in the New York City music scene. Encouraged by Anthony Braxton to find her own musical voice while she was still in school, Halvorson has accomplished that, leading to gigs and recording dates with luminaries such as Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Tim Berne, John Dieterich, and Braxton himself.

She also leads her own groups and is a member of several jazz and avant-garde ensembles, including Thumbscrew, a trio with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. In 2016 she founded the art-pop quintet Code Girl, for which she is also the lyricist. Halvorson was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant for music in 2019.