Lucian Ban / Mat Maneri | Transylvanian Concert | ECM 2313



Lucian Ban was raised in a small village in northwest Transylvania, in “the region where Bartók did his most extensive research and collecting of folk songs” and grew up listening to both traditional and classical music. He studied composition at the Bucharest Music Academy while simultaneously leading his own jazz groups, and notes that his approach to improvisation has been influenced by “the profound musical contributions of Romanian modern classical composers like Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru and of course Enesco.” Desire to get closer to the source of jazz brought him to the US, and his ensembles have included many of New York’s finest players.

Mat Maneri was born in Brooklyn. Important influences on his work – in addition to all the major forces of jazz – include baroque music (which he studied with with Juilliard String Quartet co-founder Robert Koff), Elliott Carter, and the 2nd Vienna School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern which was of such central importance to his father, the late, great saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and educator Joe Maneri. Mat’s solo feature on “Transylvanian Concert”, the spiritual “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen”, is a piece that was frequently performed by the Joe Maneri Quartet (as on the ECM album “In Full Cry”). Mat Maneri’s ECM discography includes his solo violin and viola recording “Trinity”, five albums with Joe Maneri in duo, trio and quartet formations, and two discs with Scottish singer, poet, harpist and guitarist Robin Williamson.