Mary Halvorson Trio--"Thumbscrew"

  • 9/20/2013 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium
  • Event Type: Concert

Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson, guitar, Michael Formanek, bass and Tomas Fujiwara, drums), is a new collective band featuring compositions by all three members, fusing jazz, rock and experimental styles. Since the band's debut in March of 2012, the trio has continued to perform regularly, developing an original book of music and a strong band sound. Their debut CD will be released on Cuneiform Records in January 2014. A sample of the music may be found at

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called "NYC's least-predictable improviser" (Howard Mandel, City Arts), "the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now" (Lars Gotrich, and "one of today's most formidable bandleaders" (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Reverse Blue and Secret Keeper.

On the afternoon of the concert, there will be a masterclass at 2:00 PM. The public is welcome to observe this masterclass.