November 2017 sees the release of my 11th CD, "Themes From Whatever." A self-release funded largely by IndieGoGo givers, this outing contains ten pieces written at different times and in different moods, hence the title. Michael Stark and I produced it, Matthew Saccuccimorano mixed eight of the tracks; Kirk Swan and Jake Gideon took the mixing helm on one tune each, adding their inspired musicianship...I'm a grateful cookie, who gets by with a lot of help from her friends. Hope you'll listen. It's available on Amazon, iTunes, and in CD form CD Baby.
I'm a songwriter and composer who's been writing, recording, and touring since 1993, releasing albums with Madder Rose, Saint Low, The Piano Creeps, and Mary Lorson and the Soubrettes. In November 2017, I'll release my 11th album, "Themes From Whatever" (see below for pre-order information).
In 2015, I debuted my performance memoir "Signals" at small cinemas and theaters in LA and NY, with dates at the University of Massachusetts and Pace University slated for early 2016. I'm composing the original scores to Becky Lane's dramatic series "The Chanticleer" and PhotoSynthesis Productions' upcoming documentary, "RE:Thinking," as well as creating an original soundscape to Brian Hall's reading of the washerwomen chapter of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. In spring 2016, Madder Rose will release its first new music in years, a 7" single on Angry Mom Records. Also in 2016, I'm collaborating with fiction writer Nicholas Nicastro on music for a film version of his book "Hell's Half-Acre".
Now-12/29/15: Our Indiegogo campaign to fund the new record "Themes From Whatever"! Please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mary-lorson-s-new-album-themes-from-whatever/x/2895654#/. All other titles available on iTunes.
Bring it Down (Atlantic Records 1993)
Panic On (Atlantic Records 1994)
Tragic Magic (Atlantic Records 1997)
Hello June Fool (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 1999)
Saint Low* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2000)
Tricks for Dawn* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2002) [video]
Realistic *(Cooking Vinyl Records 2005)
Piano Creeps* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2003).
Future Blues for Me and You (The Kora Records 2008).
Esopus 18 (March 2012): I was one of ten musicians who contributed tracks using patterns from Nicholas Slonimsky's 1917 Thesaurus of Musical Patterns.
James Joyce's Chamber Music Stanza 13* (Fire Records 2008)
I've contributed tracks to many compilations, including Hot Hands (2004) and Outstandingly Ignited (1994).
Ongoing collaborations with writers, including theater historian Andrew Erdman and poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
Billy Coté and I scored the following movies: "Two Left Shoes" by Sam Gold (2003); "Barrier Device" by Grace Lee; "What Remains: The Life and Art of Sally Mann" by Steven Cantor
I created the original music for Becky Lane's series "The Chanticleer," and PhotoSynthesisProductions' 2017 documentary "Re:Thinking."
My songs/voice have appeared in the following films and television shows:
This ensemble released the disc "BurnBabyBurn" in August 2011.