SOUNDS
CURRENT
RECORDING

EVERYDAY UNTIL TOMORROW

Mary Edwards' fourth studio recording, set to release April 2014.
THEATRE

GRACE BAUER'S THE WOMEN AT THE WELL

Director Sharon Rae Paquette brings Grace Bauer's book of poetry The Women at the Well to the stage April 3-5 at The Belknap Mill in Laconia, NH. The 90 minute production includes original music by Mary Edwards with the set designed by Liz Buckley.
SOUND INSTALLATION

NO MAN MUST SPEAK BUT IN WHISPERS TO BE INCLUDED IN FRESH: THE 2014 MEMBERS' EXHIBITION AT AT THE PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM

No Man Must Speak But in Whispers, Mary Edwards' soundscape inspired by Moby Dick from the perspective of the Whale, will be on exhibit at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum from January 24 through April 27 with an Opening Reception on Friday, January 31.
SOUND INSTALLATION

CONVERSATION AT 2 WEST 13 STREET AT THE SHELIA JOHNSON DESIGN CENTER, NYC

Conversation at 2 West 13th Street is an extension of a sound showcase hosted by the research group Sound@Newschool. As one of the participants invited to engage sonically with a specific image from the building, Mary Edwards created a response to a cantilevered room. It will be installed as a component of the exhibition at the Sheila Johnson Design Center opening in January 2014.
SOUND INSTALLATION

THE SWEET CURVE AND EPILOGUE FOR A QUINN MARTIN PRODUCTION INSTALLS AT GALLERY 114 IN PORTLAND, OR

The Sweet Curve—part of a sound trilogy where each composition reflects the conflict of desire and uncertainty that seems to simultaneously haunt intimate (if sometimes interim) spaces, each drawing on the relationship we have with temporality, where the anticipation of travel or movement often overshadows the destinantion — 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." The Sweet Curve—in addition to her sound compositions, per/severance and Epilogue for a Quinn Martin Production —will be installed as part of the Penumbra exhibition at Gallery 114 in Portland, Oregon, 2 January through 1 February 2014.
REVIEW

BCC EXHIBITION IS BOTH EVOCATIVE, SOOTHING
The Bedford Standard-Times, 5 October 2013

History gets lost, unless it's remembered. Or buried, unless it's unearthed. The work of two very different artists, overlapping thematically so as to examine the past and our relationship with it, come together to form one installation that is currently on view at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery on the Bristol Community College campus in Fall River. Titled "this bright morning," by fabric artist Charlotte Hamlin, and "per/severance," by composer Mary Edwards, the installations link visitors through textures of the ear and eye to what has gone before us...

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REVIEW

SOUND INSTALLATION BRINGS QUEAUECHAN RIVER INDOORS
The Fall River Herald News, 2 October 2013

The sounds of the Quequechan River can be heard in an unexpected location this month: the Grimshaw Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College. The gallery’s first sound installation, “per/serverance,” by sound artist and composer Mary Edwards, brings the river into the gallery through an interpretive “soundscape” that melds the sounds of the river with other bodies of water, nature sounds, and melodic instrumentation.

“This is the first time that sound has been so prevalent in an installation,” said gallery director Kathleen Hancock. “The notion of an exhibition of sound was so immersive, most people who come in lay down or sit down to listen to it.”...

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SOUND INSTALLATION

PER/SEVERANCE AND THIS BRIGHT MORNING AT THE GRIMSHAW-GUDEWICZ ART GALLERY, MA
5 September 2013 — 17 October 2013

The 2013-14 Season at Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery will open with an exhibition featuring the debut of new works by Mary Edwards and Charlotte Hamlin. Edwards' per/severance, an ambient sound installation about the Quequechan River, is evocative of many things, the memories that the water still carries, the conversation it would have if someone were there to listen. Hamlin's installation, this bright morning, is a reimagining of an Allée. Constructed with sewn and hand dyed organza over delicately constructed armatures, Hamlin has transformed the notion into a musing about life and death, about impermanence, about that which remains after everything else is gone.

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APPEARANCE

THE LIFE AND WORK OF KAREN CARPENTER
Thursday 27 June 2013, 7:00pm

Randy L. Schmidt is the author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter (2010) and the editor of Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader (2012), both published by Chicago Review Press. Schmidt will read from both books and discuss Karen Carpenter’s life and work.

Schmidt served as creative consultant for several television documentaries on the Carpenters, including those for E! True Hollywood Story, A&E’s Biography and VH1’s Behind the Music. He is also a music educator. Schmidt lives near Dallas,Texas.

Joining Schmidt for this special evening of music and memories will be Mary Edwards, a composer, musician, arranger, producer and sound artist whose projects range from recordings "evocative of epic cinematic soundtracks combined with lyrical intimacy..." (Time Out NY), to ambient installations—sound as a spatial form—that create nature, architecture and cinema for the ear.

Read Schmidt’s article on Karen Carpenter in The Advocate, “Karen Carpenter: Unlikely Gay Icon."
BROADCAST

WOOL 100.1 FM
Wednesday 19 June 2013, 9:00pm

Lost Marbles host Julio Razquin features some of his old and new favorite female artists, including Mary Edwards, Louise Goffin, Sarah Gillespie, Imelda May, Laurie Biagini, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Om Kalthoum, and more.

Visit WOOL 100.1 FM for more information.


REVIEW

MARY EDWARDS' EASTERN/CENTRAL & MOUNTAIN/PACIFIC, A TIMELESS RELEASE
Yahoo Voices, January 2013

Mary Edwards' smoky honey bourbon vocals all at once evoke the early output of Burt Bacharach and Fifth Dimension and Dionne Warwick and ice cream castles in the air. With her latest release "Eastern/Central & Mountain Pacific," the singer successfully channels the muse of '70s television themes in an oddly satisfying, coherently tight 30-minute set...

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REVIEW

THE SPINNING SPECIAL: MARY EDWARDS' EASTERN/CENTRAL & MOUNTAIN/PACIFIC
Popshifter, September 2012

Such is the momentous arrival of Mary Edwards‘s new album Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific! Her album title harkens back to a time during the 1970s when television networks would announce the scheduled show times applying to those specific time zones; the casual spectator was always given a dual sense of sweeping national geography and a sense of union, that we were all bound together by what was coming across the channel.
Mary Edwards’s music has always been about such unity; each album that she delivers is a warm, welcoming party...


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REVIEW

MARY EDWARDS' EASTERN/CENTRAL & MOUNTAIN/PACIFIC REVIEW
Dougsploitation: A One-Way Ticket to the Depths of Pop Culture, September 2012

This musical trip through time sounds and feel like it was made just for me - and I know some (if not all) of my readers will feel the same way. Let's take a look at it song by song....

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RECORDING

THE INN LICENSES MUSIC FROM MARY EDWARDS FOR SEASON 1

The Inn, an XFiles-esqe, supernatural soap with a twist of Alfred Hitchcock (produced by Steve Silverman who brought us PRETTY, the award-winning mockumentary that spoofs kiddie beauty pageants (Toddlers & Tiaras, Little Miss Perfect), produced by Velvet Candy Entertainment, will feature songs by Mary Edwards.
BROADCAST

MARY EDWARDS, DAVID BOWIE, JARVIS COCKER AND OTHERS FEATURED ON NOW AGAIN CLOUDCAST

Tune in to The Secret Admirer Mixcloud channel to hear the full program.
RECORDING

MARY EDWARDS APPEARS ON EXPO'S 2012 RELEASE, THE MOST FABULOUS OBJECT IN THE WORLD

Mary appears on "Night Time Kite Flying" with writer/producer John Lane on the latest Expo release.
SOUND INSTALLATION

I COULD LIVE FOREVER (IN A DAY LIKE TODAY) INSTALLS AT GALLERY 114 IN PORTLAND, OR


I Could Live Forever (in a Day Like Today)—part of a sound trilogy where each composition reflects the conflict of desire and uncertainty that seems to simultaneously haunt intimate (if sometimes interim) spaces, each drawing on the relationship we have with temporality, where the anticipation of travel or movement often overshadows the destinantion — 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." I Could Live Forever (in a Day Like Today) —in addition to her sound compositions, Altamont and The Juice of Stone —will be installed as part of the Taproot exhibition at Gallery 114 in Portland, Oregon, 3-27 January 2013.
BROADCAST

MARY EDWARDS, BRENT CASH, R.E.M. AND OTHERS FEATURED ON THE NOW SOUNDS OF SECRET ADMIRER ON CLOUDCAST

Tune in to The Secret Admirer Mixcloud channel to hear the full program.
BROADCAST

ACROSS TIME: MARY EDWARDS ON WOOL 100.1 FM

Lost Marbles host Julio Razquin interviews Mary Edwards about her latest release, Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific.

Visit WOOL 100.1 FM for more information.


BROADCAST

FOR THE TIME BEING ON SCORDATURA: COMPOSER TALK

On 91.7 KTRU's Contemporary, Avante Garde, Electroacoustic, Acousmatic, radio show, 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.
SOUND INSTALLATION

FOR THE TIME BEING IN PORTLAND

For The Time Being 1—part of a sound trilogy where each composition reflects the conflict of desire and uncertainty that seems to simultaneously haunt intimate (if sometimes interim) spaces, each drawing on the relationship we have with temporality, where the anticipation of travel or movement often overshadows the destinantion — 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". For the Time Being 1 —in addition to her recent sound compositions, Arctic Cathedral Topographies (Aerial View) and Off Season Fairgroundwas installed as part of the Exit, Winter exhibition at Gallery 114 in Portland, Oregon, January 2012. (Click titles to listen.)

RECORDING

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 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 2012. Read more at For Children and Adults Alike: A Tribute to Joe Raposo and Joe Raposo Tribute.
RECORDING

PRETTY: THE SERIES
OPENING THEME

Throughout Seasons 2 and 3 of this award-winning mockumentary that spoofs kiddie beauty pageants (Toddlers & Tiaras, Little Miss Perfect) and soap operas, produced by Velvet Candy Entertainment, the show's farcical theme song, "Gumdrop the Unicorn," is 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...

FILM SOUNDTRACK

STRANGE RELATIONS
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK


...also, 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.


RECORDING

EXPO
SHE SELLS SEASHELLS

Mary's orchestral pop collaborations "If There Ever Was" and "Out of the Millions" with writer/producer John Lane are featured on the Expo's 2010 release.

"...principally the work of John Lane and friends who it seems has a thing for the craftsmanship of both warmly radiating pristine pop much like the type that appeared on the Beach Boys ’Smile’ ... there’s the absolutely sumptuous lovelorn sweetness of the 70’s styled candy pop ... adept attention to melody and mood..."
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"Anyone that hears your album will be impressed. The youth of today have missed out on the golden era of recording; it looks like your album will bring them up to speed on important and enjoyable music."
–Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew member/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member/genius drummer on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

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DISCOGRAPHY
EVERYDAY UNTIL TOMORROW (2014)

EASTERN/ CENTRAL & MOUNTAIN/ PACIFIC (2012)

CONSOLE (2010)
A SMILE IN THE MIND (2007)
TOUR


ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
Sunday 30 June 2013, 4:00pm

ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
Sunday 2 December 2012
BIOGRAPHY
Mary Edwards is a composer whose projects range from recordings "evocative of epic cinematic soundtracks combined with lyrical intimacy..." (Time Out NY), to ambient installations—sound art as a spatial form—that create nature, architecture and cinema for the ear. 

Her extended discography includes her solo releases, A Smile in the Mind (2007), Console (2010), Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific (2012), and Everyday Until Tomorrow (2014), she takes her inspiration from '60s film scores and classic pop, thinking "in terms of miniature movies" (to paraphrase Burt Bacharach) to create an indelible, sprawling landscape of sound.

Recently, her impressionistic river soundscape per/severance, on exhibit at the Grimshaw Gudewicz Gallery (MA), was lauded by the Bedford Standard-Times as, "…engaging...," while The Sweet Curve—part of her sound trilogy including For The Time Being and I Could Live Forever (in a Day Like Today) at Gallery 114 (Portland, OR)—has been described in its nascence by writer Katt Lissard as "an intriguing and important project which acknowledges 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 the seizure of property or the redefinition of place, but though the use of melody and phrasing and multi-aural overlay."


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