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Mary Halvorson Code Girl

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Tomas Fujiwara, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mary Halvorson, Amirtha Kidambi, and Michael Formanek (left to right), photo courtesy of the artist.

Mary Halvorson Code Girl

Thu, Mar 8, 2018 8 PM

“The most critically acclaimed jazz guitarist to emerge in the last 12 unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music.”—New York Times

Jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson restlessly stretches the parameters of adventuresome music in a variety of contexts, winning acclaim and new audiences with every step. Catch Halvorson when she returns with her latest forward-thinking group, Code Girl, featuring trumpet sensation Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Michael Formanek, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, and the captivating vocalist Amirtha Kidambi.

Code Girl is “a bold experiment in song form,” noted a major New York Times profile on the guitarist. “By pairing Ms. Halvorson’s oblique harmonic sensibility with her own original lyrics,” the project “suggests a kinship with a few of her non-jazz touchstones, like Robert Wyatt of Soft Machine.” In addition to that influential English art-rock musician, Halvorson’s songs find inspiration in artists as diversified as soul music pioneer Sam Cooke, cult singer/songwriter Elliott Smith, and the artful indie band Deerhoof, with plenty of room left for sparks of improvisation. Hear for yourself what Halvorson has to say now when Code Girl hits the Wex.

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