Thumbscrew – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – June 4th, 2016


Sat, June 4, 2016

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over

Thumbscrew is a cooperative trio consisting of Mary Halvorson (guitar), Michael Formanek (double bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). The band’s name might conjure a fearsome image, but Thumbscrew makes inviting music full of wonder and discovery from creative catalysts on jazz’s adventurous frontiers. “It is neither hierarchical, the way a soloist with accompaniment is, nor anti­hierarchical, the was free improv can be. The balance of governance and acquiescence is in constant flux, governed by a jointly shared sense of responsibility engendered by trust.” (Bill Meyer, The Wire) It's a collaboration that works beautifully, producing music greater than the sum of its parts. Convallaria, Thumbscrew's highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed 2014 eponymous debut, presents 11 new original compositions, recorded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of an artist residency at City of Asylum. Building on the momentum of Thumbscrew, through a busy touring schedule, a near telepathic rapport, and inspired by the artistic community of City of Asylum and the Pittsburgh creative arts scene, Convallaria, is a unique and bold statement by this "supertrio... of three highly distinctive voices in the world of jazz and avant­garde music." (S. Victor Aaron, Something Else)

Mary Halvorson - guitar
Michael Formanek - bass
Tomas Fujiwara - drums

"Kindred musical spirits unite on this composers' cooperative, featuring three musicians who have been forerunners and antagonists of new-fangled directions in the avant-garde jazz spectrum, other than ripping into customary modern jazz fare with a vengeance. The artists' divergent discographies offer a worldly testament to these aspects, besides their work as first-call session aces. With Michael Formanek's pronounced bass lines, guitarist Mary Halvorson's fascinating permutations, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara laying down a host of perky grooves, the group executes within a 360-degree realm of invention." - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

photo credit: Brian Cohen
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618