The Brooklyn-based duo of guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone draws from classical, jazz and folk traditions while experimenting with new forms. Together they explore improvisation and composition while utilizing amplification and electronic effects as well as acoustic presentation.
The group has performed regularly in New York City since 2002 at venues such as Roulette, Tonic, Barbes and The Stone. They have also appeared at several music festivals, including the Wels Unlimited Festival (Austria), The Other Half New, the Improvised and Otherwise Festival and The Vision Festival.
As longstanding accomplices, each musician's turn of phrase, sudden
pause and change in pitch reveals a level of interplay that borders on
--Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com
Carefully notated structures and interplay morph effortlessly into free
improvisation that is intelligent and expressive, but never self-indulgent...the
two women make transcendent chamber music outside of any genre.
--Elliott Sharp, Guitar Player
As an acoustic duo they produce something distinct and beguiling: an
amalgam of experimental folk, rock and chamber music that feels both
meticulous and raw