Regarded as one of the most versatile and innovative young musicians on the New York scene today, Mary Halvorson has been called "a stunning talent on the rise" (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), "truly amazing" (Thom Jurek, All Music Guide), "consistently one of the most fascinating and satisfying guitarists in town" (Time Out New York) and "a thoughtful and increasingly prominent presence on the avant-garde landscape" (Nate Chinen, New York Times). "She plays guitar in a way that fractures conventions," declared Steve Dollar in the New York Sun, "restlessly inventing her own paradigms."
Active in New York since 2000, she is a veteran of the ensembles of esteemed saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, as well as groups led by Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Cady, Brian Chase, Trevor Dunn, Curtis Hasselbring, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ted Reichman and Matthew Welch. Her work as a co-leader includes a chamber music duo with violist Jessica Pavone and the avant-rock duo, People, with drummer Kevin Shea. She has performed all over the world with a wide array of prominent collaborators and appears on nearly two dozen recordings. Her first as a band leader is 2008's Dragon's Head (Firehouse 12 Records), the recorded debut of her two year-old trio featuring bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith. Learn more at http://www.maryhalvorson.com