Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri Harlem in the Himalayas
Part of the ECM CD Release Concert Mini-Series
Transylvanian Concert marks an ECM debut for Romanian pianist-composer Lucian Ban and a welcome return for US violist Mat Maneri, in his 9th appearance for the label. The album documents a spontaneously organized performance in Targu Mures, in the region where Lucian Ban grew up. A large, highly-attentive audience follows Ban and Maneri through a program of their self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, plus Mat’s chilling solo performance of the spiritual "Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen," the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music. Rain, drumming upon the stained-glass windows of the Culture Palace, offers occasional melancholy commentary. In all, a uniquely compelling set.
SPECIAL CD RELEASE MINI-SERIES WITH ECM RECORDS
On three consecutive weeks in June the Rubin Museum of Art presents a mini-series of CD-launch concerts featuring artists from the ECM label. The musicians each stretch the boundaries of jazz in their unique ways and each evening promises compelling listening in its own right.
On June 7th, Romanian pianist-composer Lucian Ban and US violist Mat Maneri will perform a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns, spirituals and abstract improvisations the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music. Bassist Gary Peacock and pianist Marilyn Crispell share an extensive history and will play music from their first recorded duo disc on June 14th. And finally, on June 21st, Norway’s Christian Wallumrød Ensemble – making its New York debut – will perform multi-dimensional chamber music highlighting Wallumrød’s singular compositional style.