Mary Halvorson

Mary Halvorson



Mary Halvorson is an avant-garde jazz guitarist from Brookline, Massachusetts.

She is a 2002 graduate of Wesleyan University. She has performed with Anthony Braxton, Jessica Pavone, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant, Marc Ribot,[1] Susan Alcorn[2], Yo La Tengo and Weasel Walter.[3] As of 2008, she leads a trio including John Hebert and Ches Smith.[4][5] She is also associated with violist Jessica Pavone, with whom she has recorded as a duo.

Troy Collins of All About Jazz calls Halvorson "[a] singular talent...Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser...light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here."[6][7] Jon Garelick of The Phoenix writes, "It's that search for her own thing that's made of the most celebrated young guitarists in jazz, someone who has a unique sound both as a player and a composer."[8]



Camino Cielo Echo
Camino Cielo Echo is the second album by American jazz drummer Tom Rainey, which was recorded in 2011 and released by Intakt Records.
Bending Bridges
Bending Bridges is a studio album by jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson, the second with her working quintet, composed of saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith.
Calling All Portraits
Calling All Portraits is an album by musical artist Mary Halvorson, released on September 16, 2008.
Departure of Reason
Departure of Reason is an album by musical artist Mary Halvorson, released on November 15, 2011.

Photos - Mary Halvorson17

Popular Albums11

Album Appearances & References13

Song Appearances & References1

Musical Groups1

Collaborators & Influencers9

Music-Related Relationships2


Spotify - Albums & Singles13


Spotify - Appears On11


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles7

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – March 2018
  –  March 23, 2018
Veterans like Archie Shepp, Charles Gayle, and Jemeel Moondoc will be performing, along with relative newcomers and new projects from folks like Mary Halvorson and Matt Shipp. Visit the festival’s website for full details, and get there if you can — it ...
International Women’s Day Celebrated with Alumnae Spotify Playlist
  –  March 19, 2018
Listen here, or go to #NowPlaying #IWD18.” Also included on this list of 43 songs were pieces by Flo Anito ’01, Jess Best ’14, Amy Crawford ’05, Beanie Feldstein ’15, Mary Halvorson ’02, The Overcoats (JJ Mitchell ’15 and Hana Elion ’15), C ...
Jonathan Finlayson performs at City of Asylum Tue., March 20
  –  March 14, 2018
Finlayson has gone on to become an in-demand trumpeter, playing with some of the most adventurous jazz musicians and composers, such as guitarist Mary Halvorson, and saxophonists Steve Lehman and Steve Coleman. His ability to look beyond the conventional ...
Taylor Ho Bynum Nonet To Perform At Real Art Ways
  –  February 24, 2018
Ho Bynum’s nonet features a number of other Braxton collaborators, and highly regarded improvisers and composers, like the wide-ranging guitarist Mary Halvorson and tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. Ho Bynum and crew will be performing new music from ...
Entertainment Highlights: Cold War Era Drama to Open Chandler’s ‘Issues Plays’ Series
  –  February 22, 2018
For tickets and more information, call 603-298-5900. Guitarist Mary Halvorson, cellist Moeka Reid, saxophonists Jim Hobbs and Ingrid Laubrock, trombonist/tuba player Bill Lowe, bassists StomuTakeishi and drummer Tomas Fujiwara join Dartmouth College's ...
The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world
  –  February 9, 2018
March 28, 8 p.m. $18-$25. City Winery, 1 Canal St., Boston. 617-933-8047, MARY HALVORSON’S CODE GIRL Among today’s most adventurous improvisers and bandleaders, the Brookline-raised guitarist-composer penned both music and lyrics ...
Newport Jazz Festival Announces First Wave of Artists for 2018 Festival
  –  January 24, 2018
Mary Halvorson's Code Girl; Michel Camilo; James Carter Organ Trio; Jazzmeia Horn; and Matthew Shipp Trio. "Last week we dished up the first taste of artists playing the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival when we announced Charles Lloyd's 80th Birthday Celebration ...
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