Ars Nova Workshop
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Stephan Crump, double-bass
Ars Nova Workshop kicks off its 14th season with Secret Keeper, a duo comprised of bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Their first recording, Super Eight, was released in the spring of 2013 on the Intakt label.
About Super Eight, Glenn Astarita on All About Jazz writes that “The duo supplies heaps and bounds of prismatic contrasts. There's never a dull moment, yet it's music with a purpose, often embedded with subtle or wily abstracts and oddball deviations.”
Stephan Crump is a Memphis-born bassist and composer currently residing in New York City. He has collaborated with a variety of artists from across the musical spectrum. Acts such as Dave McDonald of Portishead, The Violent Femmes’ Gordan Gano, The Vijay Iyer Trio, Billy Hart, and Bobby Previte. He began is solo performance career after being invited to International Society of Bassists conference in 2009 and has recorded duo projects with saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist James Carney. Crump’s own Rosetta Trio is set for its third release, THwirl (Sunnyside Records) in September 2013.
After completing jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School in 2002, Mary Halvorson has worked with Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant, Anthony Braxton, Jessica Pavone, Weasel Walter, Tom Rainey, and Ingrid Laubrock among others. As a leader, she has forged an impressive body of work with her trio of drummer Ches Smith and bassist John Hébert, who released Dragon’s Head (2008, Firehouse 12), and her quintet that produced Saturn Sings (2010) and Bending Bridges (2012) including trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon.
Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson are currently working on their second album together, anticipated in spring of 2014.
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