Music & Events

Weds., Sept. 6, 8 p.m. at PACA

the Tom Rainey TrioOn Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Tom Rainey Trio will perform at PACA, 1505 State St. for an 8:00 p.m. concert.

PACA's Mark Tannenbaum and Rick Lopez continue their sponsorship of great avant garde jazz artists at PACA!

This trio features Ingrid Laubrach on reeds,  Rainey on drums, and Mary Halvorson, who appeared earlier this summjer at PACA with the trio "Thumbscrew," on guitar,  Donation encouraged.  More information to come.  More experimental jazz at PACA! 

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called "NYC's least-predictable improviser" (Howard Mandel, City Arts), "the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now" (Lars Gotrich, <> ) and "one of today's most formidable bandleaders" (Francis Davis, Village Voice).

News Flash!  Halvorson named in Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll as the year's top Guitarist (that means ahead of Scofield, Frisell, get the idea), plus top Rising Star - Guitar, top Rising Star - Small Group and top Rising Star - Composer.  Check out the July, 2017 issue, on newsstands now.  Halvorson is a modest person who rightfully celebrates the skills of her compatriots and insists they get equal billing.  The collaborative democracy of relationships on the bandstand bear evidence to this.  So she may be wary of these honors.  But they are considerable.

Ms. Halvorson is best known for her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and more recently for her solo guitar project, Meltframe. She has several other projects as a bandleader including a quintet, septet and octet. Collaborative projects include a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara) and Secret Keeper (with Stephan Crump). Ms. Halvorson is also an active member of bands led by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.

Ingrid Laubrach, an established NYC avant garde saxophonist, leads four groups, including the Ingrid Laubrach Octet, and collaborates in many others, including the Tom Rainey Trio.  She has appeared and recorded in Halvorson's Septet, which received high ratings for the NYC press, including the New York Times. 

Drummer Tom Rainey, the Trio's leader, attended berklee College of Music (Boston) before moving to NYC in 1979.  He has appeared with Tim Berne, Nels Cline, Tony Malaby, Drrew Gress, Kenny Werner and Mark Helias. He has established himself as a talented session musician,  appearing in over 80 recordings over the past 25 years.  He rreleased his first album as a leader, "Pool School" (Clean Feed) in 2010.

June 21, 2017