The jazz improvising projects sensation of New York City, Secret Keeper: Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson, make a stop in Buffalo on Thursday June 11th. Beginning at 8pm at Pausa Art House, Jon Nelson will be presenting a rare opportunity to hear this dynamic duo.
This is how Stephan Crump, master bassist, defines this unique collaboration:
This is my duo project with guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson. We’re having a ball developing the group both live and in the studio. From the very first notes we played together, it’s been a magical connection. All of those notes can be heard on our first recording, Super Eight, which is available now on the Intakt label. Our second album, Emerge, which just arrived on the Intakt label, presents the group from a different angle and operating on, we feel, a whole new level…
More on Stephan Crump from Jon Nelson:
Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (NY Times). His music can be heard in numerous films and on his eight critically acclaimed albums as leader, the latest of which, Thwirl, by his all-string Rosetta Trio, has been lauded by The New Yorker for its “ingenious originals”, named one of the year’s best by NPR and declared “a low-key marvel” by JazzTimes. Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and has since released two recordings documenting his duo collaborations with both alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist James Carney.
As impressive is the story of jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson, as presented by Jon Nelson:
Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. 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 Thumbscrew, Reverse Blue and Secret Keeper. 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.
New York City-based critics and others internationally have been raving about this collaboration. Here is a sampling of this duo from their latest project:
For improvising, avant-garde, and free jazz lovers, this is an opportunity to catch one of the hottest groups in the jazz improvising movement. Brought to you by Pausa Art House with doors opening at 6pm. Entrance is $7 at the door.