THE OUT LOUDS: MARY HALVORSON, guitar; TOMAS FUJIWARA, drums; BEN GOLDBERG, clarinet
Guitarist MARY HALVORSON has been making waves in the jazz world for the better part of a decade now. One of the finest improvisational musicians of her generation, she has established herself as a groundbreaking artist in a variety of settings. Her work draws on influences that include Jimi Hendrix, post-bop and post-punk. The New York Times calls her “an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music.” She has performed with John Zorn, Mark Ribot, Susan Alcorn, Tomeka Reid and Ingrid Laubrock, to name a few.
TOMAS FUJIWARA is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming” (Troy Collins, Point of Departure)… The New York Times writes, “Drummer Tomas Fuijwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting. His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint...A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope.”
Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (SF Chronicle), clarinetist BEN GOLDBERG has established himself as “one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat), “an artist who seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path." (NPR). The New York Times noted Ben’s music for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” and he was named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the Downbeat Critics Poll in both 2011 and 2013.