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by Glenn Astarita
The respective artists are firmly rooted in the modern vanguard of experimentation, improvisation and countless offshoots of the jazz vernacular. However, A-list bassist John Hebert is also a veteran of many modern/progressive jazz sessions but, as evidenced here, is also comfortable exploring the outside realm. Hence, the musicians dish out a rather somber and stoic chamber-jazz program amid fragile underpinnings and a slowly-paced gait with asymmetrical pulses and blossoming mini-themes. In addition, Mat Maneri's extended viola choruses assist with steering ...read more
by John Sharpe
In the wake of Evan Parker's 2013 and 2014 residencies at New York's The Stone, a slew of tremendous recordings has emerged showcasing the British saxophonist's encounters with the luminaries of the downtown scene. Prominent among them are Miller's Tale (Intakt, 2016) with the electronics of Ikue Mori, violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, Either, Or And (Relative Pitch, 2014) with the same pianist, and Ninth Square (Clean Feed, 2015) with guitarist Joe Morris and trumpeter Nate Wooley. But ...read more
by Tyran Grillo
Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch Korzo, Konceptions Music Series Brooklyn, NY August 15, 2017 As part of the Konceptions Music Series at Korzo in Brooklyn, violists Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch joined forces for an evening of intimate give and take. As equal partners of their instruments, they have lifetimes' worth of scenes, moods, and themes under their bows. How appropriate, then, that their collaboration should take the name Magic Mountain, after the Thomas ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Viola-ist Mat Maneri has spent a quarter century carving out an artistic niche that marries avant-garde jazz with microtonal music, crafting off-center masterworks like Blue Decco (Thirsty Ear, 2000), Sustain (Thirsty Ear, 2002), and teaming with pianist Lucian Ban on Transylvanian Concert (ECM Records, 2013) and sitting in on a compelling sideman slot on Ches Smith's The Bell (ECM Records, 2016). On Sounding Tears, Maneri's first recording as a leader in twelve years, the viola-ist brings in, again, ...read more
by Tyran Grillo
Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri Tuba Project featuring Billy Hart Cornelia St. Café Greenwich Village, NY February 13, 2016 Violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban, whose Transylvanian Concert (released 2013 on ECM) gave listeners access to some of the most forward-thinking chamber jazz in recent memory, teamed up with drummer Billy Hart, altoist Bruce Williams, and tuba master Bob Stewart at Cornelia St. Café for a night of lightly composed, heavily improvised music.read more
by Nic Jones
Distich is a duo testing the limitations of its instrumentation. Mat Maneri brings his 5-string viola to bear and Denman Maroney his piano, on music that to all intents and purposes is concerned largely with new sonic possibilities.
This is especially pertinent in view of what might be called Maroney's extended use of the piano, through which he utilizes other elements of the instrument apart from the keyboard itself. The end result is a program of music as soundscape, in ...read more
by John Kelman
Striking a curious balance between the accessible and the abstruse, violinist/violist Mat Maneri's latest release is a study in contrast. Ranging from abstract free improvisation to off-kilter orchestral beauty, Pentagon is a fair summation of Maneri's career to date--though he's still in only his mid-thirties. Considering Maneri began playing with his father, microtonal explorer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Maneri, at the age of seven, consolidating thirty years of experience becomes less strange. But what he does here is ...read more