Mary Lorson

performer, composer, writer


Music: "Themes From Whatever" is out now!

  • The Latest News

    November 2017 saw 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 at CD Baby.

You can buy "Themes From Whatever" at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other physical retailers.

  • About Me

    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. November 2017, I released my 11th album, "Themes From Whatever" (see below for pre-order information). I've created the original music to Becky Lane's period web-drama "Tjhe Chanticleer" and the education documentary "Re:Thinking".

What next? Writing along. This year I created a three-month music-and-literature residency at Casita del Polaris in Ithaca, as an opportunity to try out some new ideas, and it's been a blast! (There's one left, on July 12, called Fanzine! and yes: you get a fanzine if you come). I contributed two one-minute plays to the upcoming Ithaca Premiere of the One Minute Play Festival, a galvanizing nationwide theater project you should look for in your town; it'll happen in Ithaca on July 21 and 22. I'm thrilled to be returning to the Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance on July 20, with a full band celebrating new and old tunes. Then I'll be creating original music for the film version of "We Are Ithaca," (directed by Becky Lane) and, when there's time, returning to my performance memoir "Signals" as a recording project. (My dedicated band and I debuted this work at small cinemas and theaters in LA and NY throughout 2015 and 2016.) And sometime next year, The Madder Rosers will release our first new music in years. Gigs in NYC and Western MA are coming in November 2018 as well.

  • Listen

    "Themes From Whatever" is available in all the places.

  • Discography

    Recording Artist: Singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and producer (on starred titles).

    With Madder Rose:

    Bring it Down Bring it Down (Atlantic Records 1993)

    Panic On Panic On (Atlantic Records 1994)

    Tragic Magic Tragic Magic (Atlantic Records 1997)

    Hello June Fool Hello June Fool (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 1999)

    With Mary Lorson and Saint Low:

    Saint LowSaint Low* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2000)

    Tricks for DawnTricks for Dawn* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2002) [video]

    RealisticRealistic *(Cooking Vinyl Records 2005)

    With Billy Coté:

    Piano CreepsPiano Creeps* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2003).

    With The Piano Creeps:

    Future Blues for Me and YouFuture Blues for Me and You (The Kora Records 2008).

    Other projects:

    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.

  • Film and Television Scores

    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."

  • Placements

    My songs/voice have appeared in the following films and television shows:

    • "The Sopranos"
    • "Alias"
    • "Felicity"
    • "Skins"
    • "Motherhood"
    • "The Real World"
    • "WildFire"
    • "Nordkraft"
    • "Tears for Bankers"
    • ... and many more.
  • Mary B. Lorson & the Soubrettes

    This ensemble released the disc "BurnBabyBurn" in August 2011.

  • Mary Brett Lorson's "Themes From Whatever," released November 2017.