ABOUT


Mary Edwards is a composer and sound artist whose work encompasses environmental and architectural installations, film and theater scores and interdisciplinary projects.


CURRENT



Fall 2022 / The Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, The Arctic Circle
Mary Edwards will join The Arctic Circle Residency for a sailing expediton around the international territory of Svalbard off the coast of Norway (10 degrees from the North Pole). where she will research and collect glacial geology and oceanographic data to convert to sonification and music composition projects. Fall 2022

30 September 2022 / Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
Mary Edwards (keys, vocals) live in concert with full band. 30 September 2022.

28 July 2022 / Headlands Center for the Art, Marin, CA
Mary Edwards will break ground on a new compositional work in response to the encounters and conversations with and about Mount Tamalpais as a sacred epicenter and its oceanographic origins. Summer 2022.

Spring - Winter 2022 / ACA Soundscape Field Station@Canaveral National Seashore Residency, New Smyrna / Apollo Beach, FL
The ACA Soundscape Field Station, a partnership between Atlantic Center for the Arts and Canaveral National Seashore, announces Mary Edwards as its 2022 artist-in-residence. This residency program invites musicians, composers, and ecologists to find innovative approaches that help preserve a healthy and balanced soundscape for current and future generations. Mary Edwards will design a site-specific sound art installation on the Canaveral National Seashore, welcoming the public to participate in its creation.

Events:
Artist Talk – 4PM March 3, 2022 at ACA Harris House
Sound Immersion – 11AM March 8, 2022 at Apollo Beach
Soundwalk – 11AM March 12, 2022 at Indian River Lagoon Park, NSB
Sound Artist Talk – 1PM April 28, 2022 at Apollo Beach
Soundwalk and Book Launch – Decmber 10, 2022

22 April 2022 / Rockwood Music Hall
Mary Edwards (keys, vocals) live in concert with full band—Paul Bertolino (backing vocals), Rochelle Briskin (backing vocals), Crystal Durant (backing vocals), Michael Eaton (flute/sax), Jeff Gordon (bass), Ray Mazza (drums) Nate Sutton (trombone).

16 - 20 February 2022 / Ida B. N' The Lynching Tree, Savannah Black Heritage Festival
Mary Edwards composed the score for Ida B N' The Lynching Tree, a theatrical performance that tells the story of Ida B. Wells, a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Award winning journalist and founding member of the NAACP, by moving through major events of her life to include her lifelong crusade against lynchings and inequities. Directed by David Poole (The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble) and written by Carolyn Nur Wistrand, it premieres as part of the 33rd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival. PPE face masks are encouraged for this in-person performance that takes place at the Kennedy Outdoor Amphitheatre at Savannah State University (F2F) on February 16. Performances begin 7:00pm.

5 February 2022 / The Wa(l)king Pattern Revisited:
A Reading for the Black History and Cultural Preservation Society
The First Original African Baptist Church, 11:00am EST

7 December 2021 / The Wa(l)king Pattern Revisited - Joy Has a Sound Anthology Book Launch
A virtual event celebrating the anthology Joy Has A Sound: Black Sonic Visions—a poly-vocal, visually stunning answer to the question, What are the sounds of community and how they are handed down—includes a reading (followed by a live Q&A) of “The Wa(l)king Pattern Revisited," by Mary Edwards, a poetic adaptation of a soundscape written as a "living history" ode to her mother, Jewel Edwards. During her youth in the 1940s American South—in a bold quest to pursue her education in the face of the Jim Crow Laws—she cultivated an environmental stewardship and deep listening practice during her resolute 4am daily walk part of the way to school as she navigated the natural world. Produced by Wa Na Wari, a home for Black art and culture in Seattle’s Central District, and The 3rd Thing Press. With contributors Anastacia-Reneé, Kamari Bright, Thione Diop, Mary Edwards, Rachael F., Aricka Foreman, Rell Be Free, Amir George, Chantal Gibson, Walis Johnson, JusMoni, Anaïs Maviel, Larry Mizell Jr., Okanomodé, and Christina Sharpe. 10:00pm EST/7:00pm PST

8 November 2021 / Rockwood Music Hall, NY, NY
Mary Edwards (keys, vocals) live in concert with full band—Paul Bertolino (backing vocals), Michael Eaton (flute/sax), Jeff Gordon (bass) and Ray Mazza (drums).

Fall 2021 / Mary Edwards: A Retrospective + Something to (Be)Hold
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery, Fall River, MA
Something to (Be)Hold is a new large site-specific installation encompassing a five-part series of meditative, environmental sound walks surrounding the Grimshaw-Gudewicz gallery in Fall River, MA. It premieres with a mid-career retrospective survey of Mary Edwards' environmental compositions. Something to (Be)Hold remains open and accessible to the public, year round. the gallery invites you to stroll the campus and listen to her work as it is intended – in the landscape. Reception: September 23. Exhibition: Through June 30.


PROJECTS



Score
Four Pageant Motifs for Ida B. Wells

Score commissoned by The Collective Face Theatre (Director David Poole) for Ida B N' The Lynching Tree, a staged performance premiering at the 33rd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival that tells the story of Ida B. Wells, a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Award winning journalist and founding member of the NAACP, by moving through major events of her life to include her lifelong crusade against lynchings and inequities. Book by Carolyn Nur Wistrand.





Publication
The Wa(l)king Pattern Revisited
Joy Has A Sound: Black Sonic Visions


An anthology of Black art, poetry, prose, scores, scripts and silences, including “The Wa(l)king Pattern Revisited," by Mary Edwards, a poetic adaptation of a soundscape written as a "living history" ode to her mother, Jewel Edwards. During her youth in the 1940s American South—in a bold quest to pursue her education in the face of the Jim Crow Laws—she cultivated an environmental stewardship and deep listening practice during her resolute 4am daily walk part of the way to school as she navigated the natural world.

"This anthology is a poly-vocal, visually stunning answer to the question, What are the sounds of community and how they are handed down? A home for Black art and culture in Seattle's Central District, with this anthology Wa Na Wari makes a home for the essays, poetry, scores, scripts and silences of the Black poets, musicians, artists and scholars assembled by editors Rachel Kessler and Elisheba Johnson to wonder about the time-traveling, place-making power of sound." (From The 3rd Thing Press)

Contributors: Anastacia-Reneé, Kamari Bright, Thione Diop, Mary Edwards, Rachael F., Aricka Foreman, Rell Be Free, Amir George, Chantal Gibson, Walis Johnson, JusMoni, Anaïs Maviel, Larry Mizell Jr., Okanomodé, and Christina Sharpe






Exhibition
Mary Edwards: A Retrospective
Something to (Be)Hold

Retrospective
All sounds are habitable, and have the potential to be transformative once you get inside them. As a composer and sound artist/architect, I respond to the ecological, constructional, and emotional essence of the inner and outer landscape.

Other than my use of sketches and sound arc notation (a timeline with a curvature)—purposefully to unfold allegory and create a cinematic immersion in these auditory spaces—quintessentially, there are no visual components to my installations. The coalescing of ambient resonances, disembodied voices, humming, melody and intonations are in themselves the structures that I cultivate to convey an emotional channel or soundtrack one may associate with acoustic intimacy.

Upon closer listening, those sounds may reveal an infinitesimal harmonic or dissonant universe located in a conversation that speaks to the conflict of desire and uncertainty that can simultaneously haunt intimate (if sometimes interim) spaces. Each draws on the relationship we have with time, where the anticipation of travel or movement often overshadows the destination.

I practice what architect Juhani Pallasmaa calls “Sensuous Minimalism,” where a certain neutrality, restraint and silence are an inherent quality of the discipline: “The significance is not in its material form, but in its capacity to reveal deeper layers of existence.”


Something to (Be)Hold
What does “place” sound like when it, upon first impression, seems so familiar that one may bypass their imagination for the ordinary?

The locations around the gallery can serve as portals, or an impetus to possibility, that what we subconsciously navigate in our everyday patterns can be transformative to our encounter and expectations if we pace ourselves and listen. You will discover there is no actual silence or stillness afterwards. You may, through engagement, eventually find music in nature, and beauty in between the complexities and unanswered spaces.

What about the sound of time? Does it render the momentary or seemingly endless passage whose common denominator is ominous discord? Or does it gleam with consonant brightness toward the future? Do we hear or resonate differently when we revisit a place after a period of absence? Does the place itself repopulate with resounding motions other than our own?

The soundtracks you hear draw from the material form, and are an extension of my relationship to the natural world, and the lesser known, but no less important histories that have unfolded in these spaces through which you are walking. The elemental sounds or voices I use are not designed to elicit disquietude, but to evoke a sense of remembrance, as well as nature’s reclamation of these discrete, yet interrelated spaces—each being, at once, vast and intimate.

Go to Gallery page.






Publication
Endeavour: A Space Trilogy
for the NASA Expedition of Dr. Mae C. Jemison Featured in INVERT/EXTANT

U.K.-based Invert/Extant included a text and sound piece feature by Mary Edwards about NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first Black woman to go into orbit. November 10, 2020.





Sound Installation
The Wa(l)king Pattern
The Sweet Curve

Mary Edwards premiered two new sound installaions as part of the exhibition, Remembrance Memorial Monument, at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery (MA). Each takes a poetic approach to both the natural and built environments, marking progression in an ecological and social context. They comprise a movement-based score exploring the rhythms, tones and spatial inflections of the course of Holland Road in Register, Georgia, in perpetuity to her mother, Jewel Edwards, and composed as a "living history." During her youth in the 1940s American South—in a bold quest to pursue her education in the face of the Jim Crow Laws—the young Jewel cultivated an environmental stewardship and deep listening practice during her resolute 4am daily walk part of the way to school on that road as she navigated the natural world; and an immersive, sonic depiction of the transformation of Eero Saaranen’s Futurist TWA Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, from an active point of departures and arrivals, reflecting the ‘60s post-Jet Age optimism and integration, to the present-day landmark that serves as an actual destination. January 23 through February 20, 2020.





Sound Installation
Gospel Number Eight: Tributary


Mary Edwards' sound composition, Gospel Number Eight: Tributary was installed in the hopes springing high exhibition in NYC as part of the SPRING/BREAK Show during Armory Arts Week at the Conde Nast Building in Times Square. The exhibition was curated by Dan Halm and also included the work of Nona Faustine Simmons, Delano Dunn and Anders Jones. The featured artists defiantly face and confront their own American history while shedding light on their ancestor's struggles by using personal narratives and historically researched significances. "Gospel Number Eight: Tributary" is a meditative reimagining of Edwards' ancestors’ relationship and reconciliation with the Atlantic Ocean—the body of water through which they were harrowingly ushered into The Middle Passage—a time of in-betweenness for those being traded from Africa to The Americas—until their settlement at the Savannah River. March 2018.

Review: Creativity Expansion: Don't Miss These Exhibits at the Spring/Break Art Show





Sound Installation
When The Ocean Meets the Sky


As part of the REFUGE exhibition at Beatnik Gallery/Joshua Tree Cultural Preservation Center, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, Mary Edwards' spatial sound work, “When the Ocean Meets the Sky,” pays tribute to the astronauts and aquanauts from the 1960s to present, who've prepared for deep space explorations by venturing to the bottom of the sea. This installation invites the listener to engage in the reverie of the sonorous habitats of sea and space where immersive sonics range from expansive to infinitesimal. January-February 2019.





Sound Installation

No Man Must Speak But in Whispers

Mary Edwards' Ambient sound installation inspired by the tale of Moby Dick from the perspective of The Whale was installed at The Provincetown Museum and The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery. Spring through Summer, 2014.





Sound Installation
per/severance

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.

Read More:
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)






Sound Installation

The Sweet Curve
per/severance
Epilogue for a Quinn Martin Production


The Sweet Curve (A)—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, January 2 through February 5 2014.




Sound Installation
Taproot

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. January through February 2013.





Sound Installation

For The Time Being 1
Off Season Fairground
Arctic Cathedral Topographies (Aerial View)


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—in addition to her sound compositions, Off Season Fairground and Arctic Cathedral Topographies (Aerial View) —will be installed as part of the Exit, Winter exhibition at Gallery 114 in Portland, Oregon. January 2012.





Publication
The Mentor That Matters:
Mary Edwards on John Luther Adams

Mary Edwards' essay on Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams is included in the groundbreaking anthology, The Mentor that Matters: Inspiration from Transformational Teachers, Role Models and Heroes.






Concert
Mary Edwards Joins Large-scale Choral Piece to Perform the World Premiere of Pulizer Prize-Winning Composer John Luther Adams' In The Name of The Earth at the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center



What might a musical map of North America sound like?



Concert
Mary Edwards Joins 40-Piece Percussion Ensemble to Perform Pulizer Prize-Winning Composer John Luther Adams' Inuksuit

Mary Edwards, (on tympani), took part in a 40-piece percussion ensemble performance of Pulitzer Prize-Winning composer John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit . Conducted by Andy Bliss of the acclaimed nief-norf ensemble, the outdoor concert—and the musicians— were dispersed across the UNC Asheville Quad and surrounding woodland campus. The 79-minute Inuksuit is designed to heighten our awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day. Listeners were invited to move around freely and discover their own individual listening points, all constituting the “best seat in the house”. One may choose to root in a central location for the entire performance, listening as the music gradually expands to fill the site. Or one may choose to wander freely, following wherever the ears may lead, discovering musical moments and spaces that no other listener may ever hear. The work is influenced by the composer’s belief that “music can contribute to the awakening of our ecological understanding. By deepening our awareness of our connections to the earth, music can provide a sounding model for the renewal of human consciousness and culture.” October 2014.





Talk
Form Follows Idea: Intimate Spaces

A dialogue on sound and architecture with Trudy Miller and Mary Edwards.
03.25.09





Talk
Sound Signifiers

New York University presents a dialogue on sound and music in film and theater with composer Mary Edwards and playwright Pamela Booker.
02.25.08





Lecture
Screens and Structures:
Airports, Woodlands and Wombs


“…space is not simply the three-dimensional projection of a mental representation, but it is something that is heard, and acted upon.”
—Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction

Skidmore College/Case Gallery presents composer Mary Edwards who discusses The Space Between, a sound and space trilogy of interrelated spaces––airports, woodlands, and wombs––which are, at once, perceived as both vast and intimate. Each shares the conflict of desire and uncertainty that seems to simultaneously haunt these types of spaces. Each space draws on the relationship we have with temporality, where the anticipation of travel or movement often overshadows the destination.

She will dialogue with installation artist and architect Evangelos Courpas on time-based art, site-related installation, and the socio-political investigations of space in his course Screens and Structures, where students will work collaboratively on the "woodlands" theme by developing connective written, visual and aural content to Skidmore College's North Woods. Support materials include Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, Janet Cardiff's The Missing Voice (case study b), and Svetlana Boym's The Future of Nostalgia. The workshop culminates in a multi-channel sound/video installation at Case Gallery.

Evangelos Courpas is an installation artist and architect working with concepts of collage, memory, space, the act of building place, and in observing or remembering how spaces become place. Mary Edwards is a composer whose projects range from recordings evocative of cinematic soundtracks to scores and sound installations both about and utilizing the properties of architecture and the natural environment that enhance spatial experience, foster deep listening, and create cinema for the ear.
02.18.08





Publication
Santa Barbara Literary Journal






Recording
Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific




"Mary Edwards' 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."
—Bobby Rivers

"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..."
—Dougsploitation

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.
—Popshifter

Reviews/Interviews

Mary Edwards' "Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific," a Timeless Release

The Spinning Special: Mary Edwards, Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific

Mary Edwards on Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific: The Deep Dish Interview



Podcast
Notes Between Sessions
with Mary Edwards


Stories and conversations that explore the nuances of time, the essence of the creative process...and anything else in between. Season 1 streaming now on AnchorFM, iTunes and Spotify.

Season 1:
Ep. 1 - The Future Present: Eleonor Sandresky
Ep. 2 - With Her Song: Lori Lieberman
Ep. 3 - The Sound of Synchrony: Sarah Weaver
Ep. 4 - If Right Doesn't Matter: Allison Tartalia
Ep. 5 - This Time Next Year: Ondine PM
Ep. 6 - Black House, Black Joy: Jamara Wakefield
Ep. 7 - Augusta Savage/Shape of a Life: Tammi Lawson
Ep. 8 - Alive in the Wilderness: The Endless Field Band





Concert
Rockwood Music Hall 15th Anniversary

Mary Edwards performs a month-long Residency, as part of Rockwood Music Hall’s 15th Anniversary. February 2020.



Publication
The Carpenters: An Illustrated Discography

Mary Edwards contributed to the first chapter of this beautifully presented coffee table book by acclaimed author Randy L. Schmidt on Karen and Richard Carpenters’ body of work created from 1969 to 1982. ALBUMISM calls it “rightfully venerated as an indispensable canon of classics…an erudite study and critical conversation about every Carpenters album ever drafted."





Sound Installation/Artist Talks
Endeavour: A Space Trilogy
for the NASA Expedition of Dr. Mae C. Jemison
Conversation and Listening Session at Beach Institute in Savannah / Exhibition at Indivisible Gallery in Portland


Mary Edwards premered Endeavour: A Space Trilogy, a spatial composition-in-progress inspired by the historic mission of NASA Astronaut, Dr. Mae C. Jemison.

She held a conversation and immersive listening session, at The Beach Institute and Museum in Savannah, Georgia.

Endeavor was also installed at Indivisible Gallery in Portland, Oregon as part of the multimedia group show Interchange (including works by Sharyll Burroughs, Jaleesa Johnston, and JuPong Lin), and curated by Christine Toth. June 2017.






Interview
The Ever-Enchanting Mary Edwards

Felicity Fenton interviews Mary, who plays with space, and the sounds in and in between those spaces. Read interiew here.





Broadcast
For The Time Being

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 ktru.org 5 to 7 PM Central/Mountain Time. Tune in and find out why talking about music is like dancing about architecture.



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, 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 is scheduled to release this year. Read more at For Children and Adults Alike: A Tribute to Joe Raposo and Joe Raposo Tribute.





Series
The Inn Licenses Music 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.



Score
The Women at the Well: Palimpsest

Original theatrical score written by Mary Edwards for the stage adaptation of Grace Bauer's The Women at the Well, directed by Sharon Rae Paquette, set design by Liz Buckley.



Score
Strange Relations

Mary Edwards is currently composing score for Velvet Candy Entertainment's "darkly imaginative" and "hilariously tragic" comedy thriller film treatment, set between the 1960s- and present-day California.



Score
Pretty: The Series Theme
("Gumdrop The Unicorn)
.

Velvet Candy's award-winning mockumentary that spoofs kiddie beauty pageants (Toddlers & Tiaras, Little Miss Perfect) and soap operas featured the show's farcical theme song 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.



DISCOGRAPHY



The Space Between:
A Sound Trilogy
2018

“...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.”
—Katt Lissard

“...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."
—Laiwan Chung

“...quite resonant.”
—Laura Koplewitz

Everyday Until Tomorrow
2018



per/severance
2013

"…evocative and engaging..."
The Bedford Standard-Times


Eastern/Central & Mountain/Pacific
2012

"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."
—Bobby Rivers

"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..."
—Dougsploitation

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.
—Popshifter


Console
2010

"In another era, Mary Edwards might have been a behind-the-scenes songwriter in the famous Brill Building, that renowned stable of musical artisans that included Goffin & King, Laura Nyro, and a host of others. Instead, in this era, we are lucky to have Mary Edwards in clear view. Her music is characterized by a smooth charm that draws upon soft-pop, jazz, and funk, framed with a soulful voice that is reminiscent of Dionne Warwick in her prime..."
—Popshifter



A Smile in the Mind
2007

"...evocative of epic 1960s cinematic soundtracks combined with the poetic intimacy of the 1970s singer-songwriter era..."
—Time Out NY

"...sensually nostalgic..."
—Corinne Drewery, Swing Out Sister



APPEARANCES/
COLLABORATIONS AND SOUNDTRACKS


Paul Bertolino
Poseur
2018

Arranger/vocalist: "All the Way to Chicago"
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Various Artists
PRETTY: The Soundtrack
2011

Perfomer: "Gumdrop The Unicorn"


Robb Scott
Siren
2017

Arranger/vocalist: "Keep On"


Expo
Unexplained Phenomena
2014

Arranger/vocalist: "Eyewitness Accounts of the Loch Ness Monster"


Expo
The Most Fabulous Object in the World
2013

Arranger/vocalist: "Night Time Kite Flying"


The Man From Another Place
Soundtrack Music to A Lost Film
2013

Co-writer/arranger/vocalist: "Why" and "The Vicious Cycle"


Expo
She Sells Seashells
2010

Co-writer/arranger/vocalist: "If There Ever Was" and "Out of the Millions"

"...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..."
losingtoday.com

"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 drummer


Andrew Edward Brown
An Evening With Mister Brown
2009

Arranger/vocalist: "A Change is Gonna Come"


John Raymond Pollard
Dreams
2009

Arranger/vocalist: "All The Time" and "You Color Me"


John Raymond Pollard
Character
2008

Arranger/vocalist:"Family Values", "The Recidivist" and "Bar Sinister".


Champion Soul/Afropsychopathz
A New Way
2007

Arranger/vocalist: "A New Way"


The Euston Factor
The Geneva Strain Original Soundtrack
2006

Arranger/vocalist.


Contraband
Wag The Dogma
2004

Arranger/vocalist.


Contraband
Brand New Oldies
2006

Arranger/vocalist.


Robb Scott
"Future Love" (single)
2007

Arranger/vocalist.


Robb Scott
"Understanding" (single)
2006

Arranger/vocalist.


Robb Scott
"Anything You Like" (single)
2006

Arranger/vocalist.


Robb Scott
Afro Odyssey
2006

Arranger/vocalist.


The Savage Juliet
Another Roadside Attraction
2005

Arranger/vocalist.


Karen Gibson Roc with Robb Scott
"In the Back of the Room" (single)
2003

Arranger/vocalist.


Swing Out Sister
Somewhere Deep in the Night
2002

Ambient vocalist: "Alpine Crossing (Gravelax Mix)"


Swing Out Sister
Filth and Dreams
1999

Ambient vocalist: "Who's Been Sleeping (Parabolica Mix)"


Durry
Cyclone
1999

Arranger/vocalist.


Kevin Henry
Last Stop Brooklyn
1996

Arranger/vocalist: "Pull Me Out", "Find My Way"


Wildwood
The Wildwood Sessions
1995

Arranger/vocalist.


Various Artists
A Tribute to Joe Raposo
2015

Arranger/vocalist/keyboardist: "Everybody Sleeps"


Various Artists
ONCE UPON A TIME 1
2006

Composer: "One Thousand Whys". "Corridor 70", "Habitat 67", "Idlewild"


Owtlet
Dare I Say, Dare I Do
1998

Co-writer/arranger/vocalist: "(You'll Never Get) Another Chance"




LINER NOTES WRITER


Swing Out Sister
Live in Tokyo
2005


Swing Out Sister
Where Our Love Grows
2004


Trina Hamlin
Foundation
2003


Various Artists
The Bacharach Album
1998


Swing Out Sister
Shapes and Patterns
1997



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