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Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper
PACA 1505 State St. Sept. 25 8 p.m.

Mary HalvorsonPACA continues its exciting practice of bring top-level adventurous musical groups to Erie!

On Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m. PACA will present bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Mary Halvorson.  Admission donation will be $10, but addition donations will be welcome. 

Halvorson has become a leading figure on the international avant garde jazz scene.  She and Crump have been performing as a duo since 2011 and recently released the album "Super 8" (Inrakt Records, 2013.)  Get a taste of their open-ended ideas in a performance at the Cornelia St. Cafe in New York City (below).

Stephan CrumpReviews:

“A laboratory for two of the most inventive string players
working today...luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping, edge-of-your-seat soundscapes imbued with
architectural savvy...”
—Jim Macnie / Village Voice

“Almost unbelievable communication… so magical and breathtaking that a patient and open-eared listener should find it… irresistible.”
—PopMatters...

“An incomparable engagement that soars above similar settings or frameworks set forth by others.”
—AllAboutJazz

“Two very sensitive and thoughtful musicians homing in on the
moment’s razor edge… and creating a compelling body of music in the process.”
—Nashville Scene

“The sound of two musical personalities getting to know each
other… an almost voyeuristic pleasure.”
—The WIRE

“A power of an empathetic two to suggest a larger, third entity
underscores the enlightened free-play between rugged bassist
Stephan Crump and innovative guitarist Mary Halvorson.” ****
—Downbeat

“Almost miraculous.”
—El Pais

“The choreography is masterful… the short tracks, corralled into
three sections, are as spacious and subtle and sensitive as
Beyond the Missouri Sky, the duo album released a decade and a half ago by Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden—but bent
magnificently out of shape.” ****
—JazzWise
 

Mary Halvorson bio.

One of improvised music’s most in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called her “a singular talent” (Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes), ”NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz—or otherwise” (Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal), and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). The Philadelphia City Paper‘s Shaun Brady adds, “Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar in recent years with her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style.”

After three years of study with visionary composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, Ms. Halvorson became an active member of several of his bands, including his trio, septet and 12+1tet. To date, she appears on six of Mr. Braxton’s recordings. Ms. Halvorson has also performed alongside iconic guitarist Marc Ribot, in his bands Sun Ship and The Young Philadelphians, and with the bassist Trevor Dunn in his Trio-Convulsant. Over the past decade she has worked with such diverse bandleaders as Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey and Mike Reed.

As a bandleader and composer, one of Ms. Halvorson’s primary outlets is her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith. Since their 2008 debut album, Dragon’s Head, the band has been recognized as a rising star jazz band by Downbeat Magazine for five consecutive years. Ms. Halvorson’s quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon to the trio, has released two critically acclaimed albums on the Firehouse 12 label: Saturn Sings and Bending Bridges. Most recently she has added two additional band members—tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trombonist Jacob Garchik—to form a septet, featured on her 2013 release Illusionary Sea. Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a longstanding chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper.

Stephan Crump bio (Wikipedia)

Crump's mother is from Paris, his father, an architect and a jazz drummer from Memphis, where Stephan Crump grew. He first learned classical piano and saxophone before he played as a young bass guitar, appeared at festivals in the southeastern United States and a jazz rock trio belonged, for which he composed. The Bachelor of Music he acquired at Amherst College , where he studied with the composer Lewis Spratlin studied with Max Roach , Frank Foster and Ray Drummond worked. During this time he switched to bass and spent a year abroad in Paris. Upon completion of college, he toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ( Ghost band ); then he moved to New York and continued his studies with Michael Moore continued.

Crump worked since the 1990s in the New York music scene, u. A. With jazz musicians such as Dave Liebman , Billy Hart , Sonny Fortune , Greg Osby , Kenny Werner , Bobby Previte , the Blues veterans Johnny Copeland and singer-songwriters , including Ashford and Simpson , Michael McDonald , Patti Austin , Jorma Kaukonen and Lucy Kaplansky . Crump is since 1997 member of the trio of pianist Vijay Iyer and forwards the Rosetta Trio (with Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox ), with which he presented a series of albums. 1997 he released his debut album Poems and Other Things , where Chris Cheek and Roberta Piket participated. He also wrote film music . With Steve Lehman , Mary Halvorson and James Carney he recorded Duoalben. In the field of jazz, he was involved 1995-2012 to 31 recording sessions, except those named with Joel Harrison , Dan Willis and Rez Abbasi.

July 19, 2016