Mary Halvorson

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Mary Halvorson
Mary Halvorson Unterfahrt 2011-01-25-002.jpg
Mary Halvorson with Anti-House, Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany, January 2011
Background information
Born 1980
Brookline, Massachusetts
Genres Free jazz, avant-garde jazz, experimental music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2002–present
Labels Firehouse 12, (Thirsty Ear, Cuneiform
Associated acts Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant, Marc Ribot

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 and Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant. As of 2008, she leads a trio including John Hebert and Ches Smith.[1][2] She is also associated with violist Jessica Pavone, with whom she has recorded as a duo.'s Troy Collins 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."[3][4] Jon Garelick of The Phoenix writes, "It's that search for her own thing that's made Halvorson ... one of the most celebrated young guitarists in jazz, someone who has a unique sound both as a player and a composer."[5]


Mary Halvorson. Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
  • Prairies (Lucky Kitchen, 2005)
  • On and Off (Skirl, 2007)
  • Opulence (UgExplode, 2008)
  • Dragon's Head (Firehouse 12, 2008)
  • Calling All Portraits (Skycap, 2008)
  • Thin Air (Thirsty Ear, 2009)
  • Crackleknob (Hatology, 2009)
  • Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12, 2010)
  • Departure of Reason (Thirsty Ear, 2011)
  • Electric Fruit (Thirsty Ear, 2011)
  • Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12, 2012)
  • Mechanical Malfunction (Thirsty Ear, 2012)
  • Super Eight (Intakt, 2013)
  • Ghost Loop (EMI, 2013)
  • Illusionary Sea (Firehouse 12, 2013)
  • Thumbscrew (Cuneiform, 2014)
  • Meltframe (Firehouse, 2015)
  • Hotel Grief (Intakt, 2015)
  • Emerge (Intakt, 2015)
  • Convallaria (Cuneiform, 2016)[6]


  1. ^ Mary Halvorson, All About Jazz. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ Clean Feed Records and Mary Halvorson: Promises of Good Things to Come in Jazz, Pop Matters. Jazz Today. By Will Layman. February 16, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Mary Halvorson, All About Jazz. By Troy Collins. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  4. ^ A Sharpened Axe to Grind, Online Wall Street Journal. By Steve Dollar. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  5. ^ Mary Halvorson's EnchantedWood, The Boston Phoenix. By Jon Garelick. p. 1–2. May 31, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  6. ^ "Mary Halvorson | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 August 2016.