ThumbscrewFriday, June 29, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Join us for an evening of avant-garde jazz with Thumbscrew.
Mary Halvorson (guitar)
Michael Formanek (bass)
Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
“The barrage of riffs are both epic and melodic, the low end beefy and the percussion massive. Expect nothing less than magic from these three avant purveyors.” –The Village Voice
“Of course they throw punches—any band with Formanek guiding it through the rocks is going to have a feisty side. But from Halvorson’s increasing poise to Fujiwara’s deep agility, even the rumble purrs now and again” -“The Hot Box”, Downbeat
“Thumbscrew implies a more intense form of free improvisation that these three could easily deliver, yet, with a few exceptions, this music often relies on subtle interaction, lower volumes and expansive compositions.” –JazzTimes
Always elastic and innovative,Thumbscrew has honed a sinewy sound marked by transparent textures and astringent rhythms drawing widely and deeply from any number of sonic sources. Generating tremendous intensity without necessarily increasingly volume or density, Thumbscrew buzzes and crackles, burns and croons.
In the summer of 2015, Thumbscrew—a trio consisting of jazz pioneers Michael Formanek (double bass), Mary Halvorson (guitar), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums)—spent two weeks at City of Asylum for a residency underwritten by BNY Mellon. The opportunity to have intensive, undistracted time to work together yielded a striking body of music. The resulting CD—Convallaria—was a fully collaborative album that was also a tribute to Pittsburgh’s Northside. (The liner photos were even shot in Alphabet City and the Masonic Building before we rehabbed it.)
They returned last year, in 2017, for another collaborative retreat to create and debut new work… and the two CDs they created during this residency will be released this summer! Join them for two concerts celebrating both their formidable body of work and these newest creations:
Thumbscrew presents Ours
This concert will feature selections from original works developed here at City of Asylum and premiering for the first time!
Thumbscrew presents Theirs
Thumbscrew plays a concert covering of much beloved jazz standards by venerable composers, from North American jazz legends Benny Golson and Wayne Shorter, to South American composers Julio De Caro (Argentina) and Jacob Do Bandolim (Brazil), to songwriter Evelyn Danzig and Dutch avant-gardist Misha Mengelberg.