Presented in partnership with The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY), join us for this special evening, featuring two outstanding duos -- Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri, along with Anthony Davis and Mark Dresser.
When Romanian-born pianist, Lucian Ban, and Grammy-nominated violinist, Mat Maneri, joined up for a concert in an opera house in the middle of Romanias Transylvania region, the music was, as JazzTimes puts it, as close as it gets to Goth jazz. Released as a live album by ECM, the Transylvanian Concert has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and has spawned several tours. The duet is now touring the west coast, presenting material from their album & more - a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, informed by the traditions of both jazz and European chamber music. In all, a uniquely compelling set.
New York Times -
A lovely and restive new album on ECM recorded in Mr. Bans native land that reveals their shared interest in enfolding mystery
All About Jazz -
"Moments of unanticipated beauty"
The Guardian -
"Ban suggests Keith Jarrett, Monk and early Abdullah Ibrahim with 20th-century classical infusions . . . Maneri's melancholy sound and imaginative phrasing have been guided by the philosophies of his microtonalist sax-playing father Joe, Ornette Coleman's free-jazz, 12-tone and baroque music . . . . . the set it has its own kind of melancholy beauty, and plenty of wayward exuberance, too"
Jazz Weekly -
"A modern collection of sonatas that erase the lines between jazz and classical, a melding of sounds similar to a modern liturgy"