Mary Halvorson's Code Girl
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Mary Halvorson
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Mary Halvorson's Code Girl

JUL 18–21 | Thumbscrew & Mary Halvorson's Code Girl

Jul 20 - Jul 21, 2019
Joe Henderson Lab

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Halvorson’s latest ensemble expands on the Thumbscrew trio of bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara with the addition of trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi. Named for a phrase uttered by Halvorson’s mentor Anthony Braxton, Code Girl represents Halvorson’s songwriter side, with several pieces featuring her lyrics. An artist whose range of experience includes both Hindi devotional music and free jazz improvisation, Kidambi brings a surefooted power and intimacy to the music, matched by the freewheeling trumpet of O’Farrill, whose fluency presents new harmonic and melodic possibilities. The band, with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in place of O’Farrill, recently released their self-titled debut double-album on Firehouse 12 Records.

“One of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz” (Wall Street Journal), Brooklyn-based guitarist Halvorson began her musical journey as a violinist, but her discovery of the music of Jimi Hendrix inspired her to pick up the guitar at age 11. Studies with Israeli guitar virtuoso Issi Rozen eventually led to Wesleyan University, where she met her mentor, saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton, with whom she has performed and recorded extensively. Having developed a singular approach blending masterful technical prowess with a stylistic range encompassing the avant-garde, folk, psychedelia, and flamenco, Halvorson has established an estimable career as a bandleader, leading over 20 albums and fronting the Mary Halvorson Trio, Thumbscrew, Secret Keeper, and Code Girl. As a collaborator, the guitarist has worked with Marc Ribot, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock, Dave Douglas, and John Zorn.

ABOUT MARY HALVORSON

Halvorson has established an estimable career as a bandleader, leading over 20 albums and fronting the Mary Halvorson Trio, the Mary Halvorson Octet, her solo project Meltframe, and her latest ensemble Code Girl

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Mary Halvorson, jazz’s unpredictable ‘Code Girl,’ ready for SF run

Clearly the work of an unpredictable mind, and a personality drawn at once to unruly possibility and fastidious detail.

NPR

Clearly the work of an unpredictable mind, and a personality drawn at once to unruly possibility and fastidious detail.

NPR

Personnel

Mary Halvorson guitar
Adam O'Farrill trumpet
Michael Formanek bass
Tomas Fujiwara drums
Amirtha Kidambi vocals

Plenty of the improvisational intensity that fans of modern jazz have come to expect from a Halvorson project.

Pitchfork

Personnel

Mary Halvorson guitar
Adam O'Farrill trumpet
Michael Formanek bass
Tomas Fujiwara drums
Amirtha Kidambi vocals

Plenty of the improvisational intensity that fans of modern jazz have come to expect from a Halvorson project.

Pitchfork

Watch & Listen

Code Girl

My Mind I Find in Time

Code Girl

Off the Record

Code Girl

My Mind I Find in Time

Code Girl

Off the Record