USA, 2022, avant-garde jazz / chamber jazz

Mary HalvorsonBelladonna: Halvorson’s exquisite guitar improvisations set amid the backdrop of a string quartet, this album was released the same day at its sister, Amaryllis, this one, however, revolving around Halvorson’s unique musical voice, as opposed to being merely part of an improvisational bunch. Her composition and guitar playing shine here, quite impressive since this is her first time to write for a string quartet. Halvorson conjures out of her instrument the most bizarre tones, almost as if her guitar music is water that she can release as fat droplets on or dirty smears across a warped-mirror soundscape.

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