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Mary Halvorson Septet

Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), John Hébert (bass) & Ches Smith (drums)

This evening’s performance will feature brand new material from the Mary Halvorson Septet, made possible by a Chamber Music America Presenting Jazz Grant in conjunction with Roulette. The septet is an extension of Ms. Halvorson’s existing quintet, and is her largest project to date. Written for some of her closest collaborators, the new music will feature expansive horn harmonies reminiscent of a big band, combined with the improvisational energy of a smaller group.

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002. Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert 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 Crackleknob, MAP and The Thirteenth Assembly. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Marc Ribot, Tom Rainey and Matthew Welch among others.

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