Transylvanian Blues and more!

Lucian Ban duos & trios with Mat Maneri & Tony Malaby

Friday, April  18, 7:30 p.m. – two sets

“Ban writes subtle, intriguing tunes and his solos channel uncommon lyricism.”
— JazzTimes
“Maneri has changed the way the jazz world listens to the viola.”
— All About Jazz

“Malaby is a musician’s musician, one of New York’s most beloved creative artists.”
— The New York Times
The Sound It Out series presents pianist Lucian Ban performing duo and trio with violist Mat Maneri and saxophonist Tony Malaby at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City’s West Village. Ban and Maneri will be performing music from their 2013 ECM duo release, Transylvanian Blues, which The New York Times described as “a lovely and restive new album that reveals their shared interest in enfolding mystery.” The Romania-bred Ban and Brooklyn-born Maneri make music as kindred spirits, weaving darkly beautiful lyricism from the threads of 20th-century European classicism and 21st-century New York jazz, microtonal experimentation and deep blues feeling. The two first collaborated on 2010’s Enesco Reimagined, an all-star album that re-envisioned the music of the great Romanian composer-violinist George Enescu through a very contemporary jazz lens – and made the year-end top 10 lists of critics the world over. Malaby was also featured on Enesco Reimagined, an album that JazzTimes praised for its “Old World intellectual Romanticism.” Malaby – a native of the Southwest who teamed with Ban for a terrifically soulful Sound It Out concert last year – has been praised by All About Jazz for his “penchant for unbound lyricism.” 
About his duo with Maneri, Ban says: “The chemistry is just so good between us. Mat is one of the most intuitive musicians I know – and he doesn’t play like a typical string player in any way. He bends notes in such an expressive way and is such an amazing improviser, always playing the right music in the moment.” Maneri adds: “The music we make comes out of the jazz tradition, where we’re composing in real time – exploring the byways of a tune in the great improvising tradition. But there are a lot of other things feeding into it – contemporary classical, microtonal music. It’s a new kind of Third Stream music in a way, where jazz meets classical, but we’re also keenly attuned to the blues – that’s our common ground.” The Ban & Malaby duo came about after some impromptu duets on European tours of the Enesco Reimagined project. The pianist says: “Duet is one of the trickiest combinations to perform in – you have to have trust and a real connection. With Tony, it feels like we can play anything, anytime. He has one of the widest ranges of sound on the horn. It reminds me of classic Archie Shepp. Our concerts are spontaneous combustions!
Lucian Ban
Born in Cluj, Transylvania, and resident in New York since 1998, Lucian Ban has made a name for himself on the international jazz scene, releasing such albums as the acclaimed Transylvianian Blues with violist Mat Maneri (ECM), Enesco Reimagined with co-arranger John Hébert (Sunnyside), The Romanian-American Jazz Suite with saxophonist Sam Newsome (Jazzway), Something Holy with saxophonist Alex Harding (CIMP) and Playground with his band Asymmetry (Jazzway), among others. For more info, go to www.lucianban.com
Mat Maneri
Grammy Award-nominated violist/violinist Mat Maneri has performed from the Library of Congress and the Montreal Jazz Festival to the great stages of Europe. He has been releasing records as a leader since 1996, with albums on the ECM, Thirsty Ear, hatOLOGY and Leo labels, among others. Maneri has worked closely with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Joe Morris, Tim Berne, Matthew Shipp and his father, the late saxophonist-clarinetist Joe Maneri. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/matmaneri
Tony Malaby
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Tony Malaby has been based in New York City since 1995 and has played with a who’s who in jazz – from Charlie Haden and Paul Motian to Tim Berne and Fred Hersch. As a leader, Malaby has created one of the most striking and personal discographies on the scene, including Novela featuring his nonet with Kris Davis (Clean Feed, 2011); Voladores with Drew Gress, John Hollenbeck and Tom Rainey (Clean Feed, 2011); Paloma Recio with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik and Nasheet Waits (New World, 2009); Tamarindo with Waits and William Parker (Clean Feed, 2008); Warblepeck with Hollenbeck and Fred Lonberg-Holm (Songlines, 2008); Adobe with Gress and Paul Motian (Sunnyside, 2004); Apparitions with Gress, Rainey and Michael Sabin (Songlines, 2003); and Sabino with Rainey, Marc Ducret and Michael Formanek (Arabesque, 2000). Malaby also plays in Mark Helias’s Open Loose with Rainey, and the saxophonist co-leads a trio with Rainey and Angelica Sanchez. For more info, go to www.tonymalaby.net

Tickets: $20 ($15 for students and seniors)

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