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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 8:00pm

Lucian Ban / Mat Maneri Duo

Transylvanian Concert

Lucian Ban, piano
Mat Maneri, viola

“A lovely and restive new album on ECM...that reveals their shared interest in enfolding mystery” -The New York Times

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of the Lucian Ban/Mat Maneri Duo.

“Transylvanian Concert” marks an ECM debut for Romanian-born pianist-composer Lucian Ban and a welcome return for US violist Mat Maneri, in his ninth appearance for the label. The album documents a performance in the Culture Palace of Targu Mures, in the heart of Transylvania. 

Ban and Maneri (both born in 1969) are improvisers whose work is informed by jazz’s traditions and freedoms and by chamber music’s structural coherence and dynamics. The seeds of the duo were sown in an earlier Ban ensemble project “Enesco Reimagined," featuring Lucian’s arrangements of the works of his countryman George Enesco.  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”).