Trio Fantasm

Albrecht Maurer – Violine

Mat Maneri - Viola

Lucian Ban - Piano

German violinist Albrecht Maurer, Romanian pianist Lucian Ban and American violist Mat Maneri make up TRIO FANTASM. They play free improvisations with notation inspired by contemporary music, representing an inclusive style open to influences from all areas of the arts.The 21st century promise of global communication of cultures takes place here.

Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri & Albrecht Maurer met in the award-winning Third Stream project "Enesco Re-Imagined". The extraordinary chemistry between Albrecht Maurer, Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri led to further collaboration.

They played their first concerts and made CD recordings, which were released on Nemu-Records in the fall of 2014. With the help of the Romanian Cultural Institute, they played a tour of Transylvania and Germany and other guest performances. In 2015, they gave their New York premiere.

In 2019, they will develop a new program, interweaving free improvisation and their own contemporary notation, sensing and creating reciprocal influences.

For April 2019 they have been awarded a grant from the Musikfond for a small tour in Mecklenburg Vorpommern

Musikbeispiel im mp3 Format mit Ausschnitten vom Album „Fantasm“



On their debut CD from 2014, they present a mixture of lyrical atmospheric images and energetic contemporary jazz. Fantasm is a rarely played composition by Paul Motion, which Mat Maneri received from him personally and title track of the CD.  "The three musicians offer a lyrical yet powerful program with rich atmospheric images from Transylvania and the flair of the New York Down Town avant-garde. Their music is adorned with terms like "sound fractals, microtonals, jazz musings, nyc downtown skronk, 20th century european classical or sounds of repose."

The two early-40-year-old New Yorkers are at the peak of their creative powers and meet a congenial representative of the European musical avant-garde in Albrecht Maurer. The Romanian pianist and composer Lucian Ban, who lives in Brooklyn and has been awarded the title of "Best European Jazz Musician" by the Hans Koller Prize several times, has worked in New York with all the greats of the improvisation scene and, like Mat Maneri, has several publications to his credit. The latter, after a classical violin education, made a splash in jazz with the viola."

A-Train, Berlin Mai 2013

Since Maurer's involvement in Lucian Ban's Enesco project, they have become friends. In 2012 and 2013, recordings for the debut album were made at the Cologne Loft, and Maurer also played as a guest on the ECM release tour of the two New Yorkers. Then in late autumn 2014 the debut - album was released and Trio Fantasm played a tour with 10 concerts in Romania and Germany. The title of the CD will be Fantasm. The CD received international attention and was even reviewed by Down Beat magazine.

"... Together with violinist Albrecht Maurer, they play a lyrical yet powerful program, with rich atmospheric images from Transylvania and the flair of New York's downtown avant-garde."

Unterfahrt Munich May 2013


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