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Mat Maneri

Mat Maneri, born on October 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York is an American composer, improviser and jazz violin and viola player, specifically derivatives such as the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He is the son of the saxophonist Joe Maneri.

Maneri has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Berne, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, John Lockwood, as well as with his own trio, quartet, and quintet. He has also played on various band releases: Club d'Elf, Decoupage, Brewed by Noon, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Buffalo Collision. Maneri has worked with Ed Schuller, John Medeski, Roy Campbell, Paul Motian, Tomasz Stanko, Robin Williamson, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Ethan Iverson, David King, Evan Parker and many others.

Maneri started studying violin at the age of five and received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School. He also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, he then went on to pursue a professional career in jazz music.

He is an experienced educator who has taught at the New England Conservatory and the New School among others. He has taught privately for over 15 years and has frequently presented specialized workshops on improvisation, performance technique, ear training and theory both in Europe and North America.

Mat and his wife Lucy live in Brooklyn.

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Album Review

Mat Maneri Quartet: Ash

Read "Ash" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Prosegue il viaggio nella memoria disgregata del passato che Mat Maneri aveva iniziato con Dust e che adesso riprende in questo Ash, assieme ai suoi fidati compagni di viaggio, il pianista Lucian Ban, il contrabbassista John Hébert e il batterista Randy Peterson. Come nel lavoro del 2021, siamo di fronte a una musica rarefatta e onirica, prevalentemente dolente, entro la quale tracce di varia origine vanno a nutrire un processo marcatamente improvvisativo. La narrazione lirica è presente in ...

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Francois Carrier Ensemble featuring Mat Maneri /Tomasz Stańko / Gary Peacock / Michel Lambert: Openness

Read "Openness" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Openness waited nearly two decades on a shelf (ok, probably on a hard drive) before being released for our listening pleasure. Recorded on May 5 & 6, 2006 at the Théâtre La Chapelle in Montréal, Canada, these three precious discs document a meeting between Canadian saxophonist François Carrier and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko. It is the Polish label Fundacja Sluchaj to thank for this release and the prior disc Unwalled (2022), with Carrier being joined by Alexander von Schlippenbach, John ...

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Ivo Perelman, Nate Wooley, Mat Maneri, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe Morris, Matt Moran: Seven Skies Orchestra

Read "Seven Skies Orchestra" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Ever the intrepid innovator, saxophonist Ivo Perelman takes his music in a new direction on the double-disc set, Seven Skies Orchestra. After a long series, primarily of duets, Perelman returns to a larger ensemble setting, a sextet in this case. That is not the only difference between this release and his previous output; the music here, although still entirely improvised and easily recognizable as Perelman's, moves in a more spacious, contemplative direction, less introspective and more outgoing. Vibraphonist ...

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Ivo Perelman: Seven Skies Orchestra

Read "Seven Skies Orchestra" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


In another reality, where the love one makes is what gets the headlines, the big money, the streaming specials, ceaselessly inquisitive saxophonist and downtown legend Ivo Perelman might just top the list of good guys. The guy who pushes for the better mind, the better heart, and confesses it all to tape or lacquer or binary code; chronicling one man's pursuit of the day. while hopefully inspiring others to cut the course the same. Even before the most ...

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Grdina Maneri Lillinger: Live at the Armoury

Read "Live at the Armoury" reviewed by Doug Collette


In recent years, Gordon Grdina has proved himself to be as passionate as he is prolific, not to mention versatile. Further affirmation aplenty of all those virtues, the forty-five minutes of Live At The Armoury stand as a showcase not only for the Canadian's adept management of shared moments of spontaneity, but also for that of his collaborators. During these kinetic interactions between Grdina and his two kindred spirits, viola player Mat Maneri and drummer Christian Lillinger, the ...

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Club d'Elf: As Above - Live At The Lizard Lounge

Read "As Above - Live At The Lizard Lounge" reviewed by Doug Collette


The music of Club d'Elf's debut album, As Above, speaks volumes in terms of the group's mystical and stylistic roots. In fact, it is perfectly reflective of the actual ancient quote from which the title is taken; 'As above, so below...' suggests how the rhythm motifs are as fully and completely developed as the melodic themes. Recorded in 1999 and 2000, at the Lizard Lounge in Boston, which has become Mike Rivard and company's home base over the ...

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Whit Dickey Quartet: Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space

Read "Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Al suo secondo album in veste di leader per i tipi della Tao Forms dopo l'eccellente Village Mothership, in trio con Matthew Shipp e William Parker (estensore delle note di copertina di questo nuovo capitolo, inciso nel febbraio 2021), Whit Dickey coglie altrettanto felicemente (e, diremmo, naturalmente) nel segno alla testa di questo quartetto (tutti suoi i brani in scaletta), estremamente agguerrito e forte di individualità (a cominciare da Mat Maneri, uno che caratterizza sempre massicciamente ogni lavoro a cui ...

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Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp Album To Be Released March 24 On AUM Fidelity

Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp Album To Be Released March 24 On AUM Fidelity

Source: Steven Joerg

On March 24, AUM Fidelity will release Vessel in Orbit, the first new group music in over a decade from singular drummer-composer Whit Dickey. Created together with the impeccable improvisers Mat Maneri on viola and pianist Matthew Shipp, it is a richly melodic and deeply focused album; structural integrity and emotional resonance are paramount throughout. Each of these men has a lifetime commitment to creative music, and they share a musical relationship with one another that dates back decades. Dickey’s ...

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Recording

Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri release "The Bell" on ECM Records

Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri release "The Bell" on ECM Records

Source: Michael Ricci

Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, timpani; Craig Taborn: piano; Mat Maneri: viola The Bell features dynamic chamber music compositions written for masterful improvisers. “The best thing I caught all weekend,” said critic Peter Margasak of the 2014 New York Winter Jazzfest, “was a superb trio led by drummer Ches Smith with pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri, which expertly infused seductively narcotic writing with a mixture of brooding melody and rich texture.” Since that NY debut, the trio has become ...

Event

Angles Of Repose, Featuring: Mat Maneri, Drew Gress, Lucian Ban, Randy Peterson

Source: Lwm

Brooklyn, NY: The palimpsestic Series, curated by Oscar Noriega, presents “Angles of Repose” featuring Mat Maneri, Viola, Drew Gress, Bass, Lucian Ban, Piano and Randy Peterson, drums, October 24, 8pm at Barbes, Park Slope Brooklyn. Angles, always presented as a quartet led by Maneri and Ban, will be presenting new music for this performance. “Angles of Repose” is the continuation of a musical rapport developing between violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban which features an ever changing roster of ...

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Education

Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music Presents The Art Of Improvisation

Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music Presents The Art Of Improvisation

Source: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

One semester course, Two hours/week September 14, 2011 to January 23, 2012 (fall) or February 3 to June 10, 2012 (spring) $325/$195 58 7th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce a new class for teens: The Art of Improvisation. An important part of musicianship, improvisation spans all cultures and styles of music, including jazz, blues, rock and even classical! Under the instruction of master ...

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Performance / Tour

Jacob Sacks, Eivind Opsvik, Paul Motian, Mat Maneri Live at Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

Jacob Sacks, Eivind Opsvik, Paul Motian, Mat Maneri Live at Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

Source: Michael Ricci

Friday June 11th and Saturday June 12th Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street 9:00PM & 10:30PM TWO MILES A DAY Jacob Sacks, piano; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Mat Manieri, viola, violin; Paul Motian, drums

Back in 2005 Jacob Sacks and Eivind Opsvik wrote five songs each and invited Paul Motian and Mat Maneri with them to record 'Two Miles A Day'. ...

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Event

Sean Noonan's Brewed by Noon: November 9th & 18th with Thierno Camara, Aram Bajakian, Abdoulaye Diabate, Mat Maneri

Sean Noonan's Brewed by Noon: November 9th & 18th with Thierno Camara, Aram Bajakian, Abdoulaye Diabate, Mat Maneri

Source: All About Jazz

Brewed By Noon pre-recording session sneak album preview performances When:Tea Lounge, Friday, November 9, 9pm Soundfix Records, Sunday, November 18, 7pm With: Thierno Camara -bass/vocals, Aram Bajakian -guitar, Abdoulaye Diabate -vocals, Mat Maneri - viola, Sean Noonan - drums SEAN NOONAN'S BREWED BY NOON DELIVERS A RICH BLEND OF TRADITIONS ON STORIES TO TELL Drummer/composer Sean Noonan describes Brewed by Noon as “tribal rhythms by an Irish griot....My goal is to adapt folklore in a modern jazz context, ...

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Sean Noonan's Brewed By Noon American Composers Forum premiere w/ Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, Abdoulaye Diabate, Susan McKeown etc.

Sean Noonan's Brewed By Noon American Composers Forum premiere w/ Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, Abdoulaye Diabate, Susan McKeown etc.

Source: All About Jazz

NOONAN'S BREWED BY NOON DELIVERS A RICH BLEND OF TRADITIONS ON STORIES TO TELL

Songlines Debut from NY-based Drummer Fuses Jazz-Punk, Rock, Blues with Celtic and West African Rhythms

Speaking of his Brewed by Noon project, which will release its new CD, Stories To Tell, on January 9, 2007, drummer Sean Noonan describes it as “tribal rhythms by an Irish griot". “My goal is to adapt folklore in a modern jazz context, merging storytelling and folk music from bardic and ...

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Event

Project One presents: The Aura Electric, Opus 3 (Mat Maneri/Randy Petersen Duo & Project One Ensemble)

Project One presents: The Aura Electric, Opus 3 (Mat Maneri/Randy Petersen Duo & Project One Ensemble)

Source: All About Jazz

the aura electric, opus three saturday, november 19, 2005 at 7:00 pm performances by: mat maneri / randy petersen duo project one ensemble ISSUE PROJECT ROOM 400 Carroll Street (between Bond and Nevins) Brooklyn, NY 11231 Telephone: 718-330-0313 www.issueprojectroom.org Admission: $10 Saturday, November 19, 2005 7:00 Project One Ensemble Michael Spassov: World Permiere George Crumb: Black Angels for Electric String Quartet: Thirteen Images from the Dark Land Cornelius Dufallo & Ariana Kim, violins Kenji Bunch, viola Leigh Stuart, cello 8:00 ...

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Performance / Tour

Vision Club Presents Rob Brown Trio - Stone House 8pm Mat Maneri Trio 10pm

Vision Club Presents Rob Brown Trio - Stone House 8pm Mat Maneri Trio 10pm

Source: All About Jazz

The Vision Club On The Move November 6th, 2004 THE BRUNSTEIN SHOWROOM 13 Stanton St. btwn Bowery & Christie Rob Brown Trio - Stone House 8pm Mat Maneri Trio 10pm $10 per set or $15 for the night Rob Brown Trio - Stone House Rob Brown - Alto Saxophone “Alto-saxophonist Rob Brown (is) one of the most consistently musical and compelling of the new free-jazz players." ...

"Mat (Maneri) has changed the way the jazz world listen to the Violin & Viola." —All About Jazz
Primary Instrument

Viola

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Available for private lessons. Teaching resume includes: New England Conservatory New School

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Seven Skies Orchestra

Fundacja Sluchaj
2024

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Oedipe Redux

Sunnyside Records
2023

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Live at the Armoury

Clean Feed Records
2023

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Seven Skies Orchestra

Fundacja Sluchaj
2023

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Openness

Fundacja Sluchaj
2023

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Ash

Sunnyside Records
2023

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Left Hand of Clyde (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

From: As Above - Live At The Lizard...
By Mat Maneri

Interpret It Well

From: Interpret It Well
By Mat Maneri

Impending Discomfort

From: Klotski
By Mat Maneri

Dream and Guess

From: Compass Confusion
By Mat Maneri

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