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THUMBSCREW Mary Halvorson – guitar Michael Formanek – double Bass Tomas Fujiwara – drums
“Made up of three highly distinctive voices in the world of jazz and avant-garde music, Thumbscrew should probably collapse under the weight of its own star power but Tomas Fujiwara,Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek are just too aware of the potential of this supertrio to let that happen.”– Something Else!
"If Cream and Nirvana had played instrumental jazz...they might have sounded something like Thumbscrew... [who] forge a sound that is both heavy and melodic, qualities shared by those iconic power trios....it's the taught rhythmic and harmonic interplay...that makes the album's 55 minutes unrelentingly gripping through passages both quiet and lilting and insanely fast and furious"– The Absolute Sound
The trio Thumbscrew came about by accident, after bassist Michael Formanek subbed in a band including guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Something special happened among them right away, so they formed a trio, a co-operative in the truest sense. They play originals by all hands, compositions whose rhythms may surge or lag or veer sideways according to their own internal logic. Bass and drums solo within the ensemble, not in quarantine. No one needs to be loudest. The blend is tight: one string (or metal) sound may bleed into another. It’s something to hear—something twisty and turny and always on the move.
They are performing a select number of concerts and festivals around the U.S. in celebration of the upcoming release of two new recordings on Cuneiform Records.
“Ours” consists of all original material. “Theirs” perhaps tellingly is recording of covers, ranging from Benny Golson and Wayne Shorter to Jacob Do Bandolim.
The evening will begin with a solo performance by Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar. World renown as one of the premier practitioners on her instrument, Alcorn performs frequently with Mary Halvorson. She toured and recorded most recently as a member of the acclaimed Mary Halvorson Octet.
TUE JUN 26 | 8PM | $20, $17 MEMBERS (+$3 At the door)