Mary Edwards & Sonya Heller
Mary Edwards' music has been described by Time Out Magazine as, "...evocative of epic 1960s cinematic soundtracks combined with the poetic intimacy of the 1970s singer-songwriter era...," while three time ASCAP Awards recipient, Sonya Heller has been praised by Rolling Stone Magazine as "...very much her own artist and comes alive onstage." They will be on tour together this Fall. Follow on Facebook...
The Space Between: A Sound Trilogy
The Space Between: A Sound Trilogy reflects the conflict of desire and uncertainty that seems to simultaneously haunt intimateif sometimes interimspaces, each drawing on the relationship we have with temporality, where the anticipation of travel or movement often overshadows the destination. The ambience signifies the essence and impermanence of nature and architecture, evoking both absence and presence through sound. Mary Edwards practices what Juhani Pallasmaa calls "Sensuous Minimalism," where a certain neutrality, restraint and silence are an inherent quality of the discipline: "The significance (of architecture) is not in its material form, but in its capacity to reveal deeper layers of existence".
Available on Bandcamp.
“...an intriguing and important project which hopes to subversively acknowledge the role of humans in the way architecture functions (or doesn’t) in our culture. Mary Edwards hopes to take space back for all of us, not through seizure of property or the redefinition of place, but through the use of melody and phrasing and multi-aural overlay.”
“...not only has Mary Edwards built a resonant dialogue among disciplines, she has amassed a body of work bound together by common themes, of the nature and philosophy of space, of the place of home and the power of nostalgia and, of the effects of all of these things on both the fixed and fluid aspects of identity and experience.”
Daniel Alexander Jones
“…Mary Edwards is sensitive to aesthetic spaces.There is a sense of a grand nostalgia, a wonderment of Modernist sensibility and individualism within her compositional subjects...Mary results in finding and creating spaces between that are intimate, romantic and idyllic."
Mary Edwards: A Concert Residency
Rockwood Music Hall
May 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2016, 3:00 PM
Mary Edwards holds a residency on four consecutive Sundays at 3:00 PM during the month of May at Rockwood Music Hall, one of NYC's most acclaimed listening rooms. Follow on Facebook...
Mary Edwards: A Residency of Solo and Ensemble Concerts
Rockwood Music Hall
February 14, 21 & 28, 2016, 3:00 PM
No Man Must Speak But in Whispers
The Provincetown Museum
Jan 24 April 27, 2014
Mary Edwards' Ambient sound installation inspired by the tale of Moby Dick from the perspective of The Whale to be installed.
The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery
Sep 5 Oct 17, 2013
The 2013-14 Season at The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery in Fall River , MA opened with an exhibition featuring the debut of Mary Edwards' new work, per/severance, a 14-minute, two-channel ambient sound installation about the Quequechan River, evocative of many things, the memories that the water still carries, and the conversation it would have if someone were there to listen.
Mary Edwards' per/severance at The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery.
Review: Sound Installation Brings Quequechan River Indoors (The Fall River Herald News, Oct 2013)
Review: BCC Exhibition is Both Evocative, Soothing (The Bedford Standard-Times, 5 October 2013)
The Ever-Enchanting Mary Edwards
Felicity Fenton interviews Mary, who plays with space, and the sounds in and in between those spaces. As a composer, songwriter and sound artist whose projects range from recordings and performances "evocative of epic cinematic soundtracks combined with lyrical intimacy..." (Time Out NY), to immersive environmental and architectural sound installations, her work is informed by themes of temporality, impermanence, nostalgia, longing, childhood and the natural world.
Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific
Available on Bandcamp.
"Mary Edwards' new album shines with the quality and influence of a super-cool pop era: There's that cinematic touch of Francis Lai, that great Pacific Coast Highway vibe of Burt Bacharach, the poetic longing and lilt of the Carpenters and that hip urgency of a Lalo Schifrin TV theme for a Quinn Martin Production."
"The opening track, "Time and I" just sweeps you away to a luscious stoned soul picnic where echoes of The 5th Dimension and Swing Out Sister drown out all the noise of the surrounding madworld and set the tone for the rest of the addictive playlist..."
With every one of her works being a cause for celebration, Mary Edwards gives us further reason to revel with the release of her opulent, yet earthy album, Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific.
A Tribute to Joe Raposo
Mary Edwards commemorates the late Joe Raposo with her cover of "Everybody Sleeps." Raposo was the prolific composer of nearly every classic '70s and '80s Sesame Street and Electric Company song along with a host of other memorable television themes like Three's Company, film soundtracks, station I.D.s and Sinatra tunes. This tribute album (including The Autumn Defense, Orwell and A Girl Called Eddy) is produced by Jonathan Donaldson and will release in 2017. Read more at For Children and Adults Alike: A Tribute to Joe Raposo and Joe Raposo Tribute.
For The Time Being
Scordatura: Composer Talk
On 91.7 KTRU's Contemporary, Avante Garde, Electroacoustic, Acousmatic, radio show, Scordatura: Composer Talk, hosts Hsin-Jung Tsai and Chris Becker play and discuss a variety of 20th and 21st century works. It’s a casual, informal, yet serious evening of music and talk. The May 31 program featured Hasu Patel’s Sitar Concerto, and music for mixed media installations, including works by New York-based composer Mary Edwards (For the Time Being and "In the Warm Space"), Nico Muhly and David Sylvian (Approaching Silence).
Composer Talk streams live on the web at www.ktru.org 5 to 7 PM CT. Tune in and find out why talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
Mary Edwards Joins 40-Piece Percussion Ensemble to Perform Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer John Luther Adams' Inuksuit
Oct 3, 2014
Conductor Andy Bliss of the acclaimed nief-norf ensemble directs Pulitzer Prize-Winning composer John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit for 40 percussionists. The outdoor concert was spread across the UNC Asheville Quad and surrounding Asheville woodland campus.
Mary Edwards, (pictured) on tympani, as part of a 40-piece ensemble performing John Luther Adams' Inuksuit, October 2014
Original Motion Picture Score
Mary is currently composing a film score for Velvet Candy Entertainment's forthcoming "darkly imaginative" and "hilariously tragic" comedy thriller, set between the 1960s- and present-day California. This is on the tail-end of her work with an earlier project: Pretty: The Series. Seasons 2 and 3 of this award-winning mockumentary that spoofs kiddie beauty pageants (Toddlers & Tiaras, Little Miss Perfect) and soap operas, featured the show's farcical theme song, "Gumdrop the Unicorn," covered by a different artist per episode. For Mary Edwards' Season 2 version, she takes her cue from Charles Fox's "Love, American Style"; for her Season 3 version, she gives it an instrumental 1980s DALLAS treatment.
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