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Maurer Ban Maneri


Mittwoch, 30. August 2017

Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri & Albrecht Maurer are on the spot of the international Jazz/Improv scene for many years. They work in different ensembles and share their preferences to look for new possibilities

of creating music with joyful interaction. The three musicians have first collaborated in the award winning third stream extravaganza Enesco Re-Imagined, their CD release appeared on many critics “Best of 2010” lists and featured a stunning group of musicians – Badal Roy, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, John Hebert, Gerald Cleaver among others - in a daring re-imagining of the works of famed romanian violin virtuoso George Enescu. „Their music is decorated with terms like «sound fractals, microtonals, jazz musings, nyc downtown skronk, 20th century european classical or sounds of repose». Mat and Lucian are in the beginning of their 40s and on the climax of their creative work. With Albrecht Maurer they met a  congenial representative of the european music avant-garde. The Brooklyn based rumanian pianist and composer Lucian Ban, several times  titles as «best european jazz musician» by the Hans Koller award, has worked in New York with all great players of the improv-scene and like Mat Maneri he has produced several releases. Mat Maneri has a classical violin-education before making furore as a viola player in Jazz.“  

A-Train, Berlin Mai 2013


Mat Maneri

A 2006 Grammy Nominee for “BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM” Mat was born in 1969, and started studying violin at age five. He studied privately with Juilliard String Quartet founder Robert Koff and with bass virtuoso Miroslav Vitous. Maneri received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School, but left school to pursue a professional career in music. By 1990, Mat founded the critically acclaimed Joe Maneri Quartet with Randy Peterson. Mat started releasing records as a leader in 1996, and has developed four working ensembles. Pianists Paul Bley, Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, and Borah Bergman have called upon Mat Maneri to perform with them in such venues as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and concert stages across Europe. Mat Maneri also enjoys a strong relationship with bassists Ed Schuller, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Barre Phillips, and John Lockwood. Never to be boxed in, Mat has also worked with Joe Morris, John Medeski, Tim Berne, Cecil McBee, T.K. Ramakrishnan, Franz Kogelman, Roy Campbell, Spring Heel Jack, Draze Hoops, and appears on an Illy B Eats remix CD. Mat presently teaches privately through the New School / NYC, performs and records worldwide. “Mat (Maneri) upholding avant-garde excellence,…engrossing, ruminative viola improvisation of contrasting reticence” Boston Globe


Lucian Ban

Originally from Romania pianist & composer Lucian Ban now lives in NYC where is considered to be “one of the most gifted and talented pianist to come to NY in the past decade” . The Hans Koller Foundation in Austria nominated him twice in 2005 & 2006 for “Best European Jazz Musician”.  He has recorded 6 albums as a leader for labels in US and Europe. "Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner” Terrell Holmes All playing reminds of a great Bill Evans or Krystof Komeda“ Jazz Podium Magazine Mr. Ban leads the super group ELEVATION featuring world renowned tenor sax Abraham Burton , Nasheet Waits  on drums and bassist John Hebert,  the ASYMMETRY Quartet  feat. Jorge Sylvester  (alto sax), Brad Jones  (bass) and Derrek Phillips  or Gene Jackson  (drums), and The TUBA PROJECT  a group featuring the famous Bob Stewart  on (tuba), Alex Harding  (bari sax), Bruce Williams  (alto sax) and Derrek Phillips  (drums). He co-leads with soprano sax great Sam Newsome “The Romanian-American Jazz Suite”  group, a project that presents Romanian Folk music from a jazz perspective. In 2003 the Lumination Ensemble  featuring drum legend Barry Altschul  was voted "One of the best shows of 2003 "  by the All About Jazz Magazine NYC  along with Cecil Taylor and Joe Lovano groups. Mr. Ban has released 7 critically acclaimed albums as a leader for US and European based labels: 2003 "Something' Holy"  a duet CD with Alex Harding followed by "Premonition"  in 2004 a Quintet album featuring Alex Harding, Damion Reid, Erik Torrente  and Chris Dahlgren  both for CIMP Records. In 2006 he releases on Jazzaway Records “PLAYGROUND”  by his Asymmetry Quartet one of his best albums to date, followed by a sideman appearance on Alex Harding’s acclaimed “The Calling“  CD (featuring Nasheet Waits, Brad Jones and Andrew Daniels). Also in 2006 he releases the first album of the unique TUBA PROJECT band featuring Bob Stewart, J.D.Allen, Alex Harding, and Derrek Phillips. And in 2008 “The Romanian- American Jazz Suite”  by Sam Newsome & Lucian Ban Ensemble is released to great success on Jazzaway Records. His first 2 recordings as a leader, “Changes – Live at Green Hours”  and “From now on”  were released on the Romanian label Green Records.

Lucian Ban also wrote music for more than 20 theater productions, film and ballet and for NYC Symphony Orchestra and in June 2001 he composed original music for the Theater/Dance Company MINUS. His original music for the theatre play “Philosopher Fox” produced by East River Comedia was nominated twice for the prestigious IT Awards in NYC. His last theatre score was for Saviana’s Stanescu ‘Waxing West” production at La Mama Theater in NY. Lucian Ban has received his degree in Contemporary Jazz Composition and Arranging from New School University in NYC. He also holds a degree in Philosophy from Bucharest University.  www.lucianban.com

Albrecht Maurer

The violinist, fiddler and composer studied at the Musikhochschule Köln. In addition, he pursued the study of non-European tonal systems and computer music. He gathered his experience with new and experimental music through intensive work with many composers from the Kagel "school", including Maria de Alvear, Carola Buckholt, and Manos Tsangaris. Albrecht Maurer plays Modern Creative Jazz. Modern Creative is a contemporary form of Creative Music, which is seen as a further develovement of „free jazz“. It is non commercial.Albrecht Maurer concentrates his work on writing and playing in a new style, that  combines chamber music, jazz and imrovised music. Additionally he has focused on expanding and re-inventing the violin's musical place: his works are characterized by sounds and loops, a broad timbral spectrum, and percussive imitation and grooves all in combination with the energy of jazz and a classical technique. Albrecht Maurer has performed throughout Europe as a soloist, as well as with varying groups, and he is regularly a guest at international festivals. He has worked with many jazz musicians including Theo Jörgensmann, Kent Carter, Wolter Wierbos, Benoit Delbecq, Peter Jacquemyn, Achim Krämer, Bobo Stenson, Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri, Klaus Kugel, Claudio Puntin, Norbert Stein, Charlie Mariano, Karl Berger, Carla Bley, Steve Argüelles, Lauren Newton, Kate Westbrook and Barre Phillips.

Since 2005 he is a member of the Ensemble Dialogos in Paris, led by Katarina Livljanic. With Dialogos Albrecht Maurer played on festivals in France, Spain, Croatia, England, Italy, Slowenia, Germany, Belgium, Canada and USA. Highlights were the concerts in London South Bank Center (Purcell Room), Cite de la Music Paris, San Sebastian Festival, Split Festival (award for the best musical performance), Zadar Festival, Boston Festival, Barcelona Festival, Rom, Vancouver Early Music, UBC Hall, White light Festival, Lincoln Center New York, Festival Printemps des Art Festival Opera Monaco.


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recording session 2013 Loft Cologne

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In autum 2014 released theri debut album on Nemu Records. It is entitled „Fantasm“, a comosition by Paul Motion. All other pieces are written by members of the group. Futher information on Nemu-Records



Albrecht Maurer – Violine

Mat Maneri - Viola

Lucian Ban - Piano

Booking International:

Steffen ‘Jimi’ Wunderlich
Gubener Strasse 48

10243 Berlin, Germany,
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Chamber Remix Cologne,

curated by Albrecht Maurer at Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne: 


Syntopia.net, with further projects, with Albrecht Maurer  www.syntopia.net

Nemu Records, the Label from Albrecht Maurer and Klaus Kugel


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