LUCIAN BAN/MAT MANERI When Romanian-born pianist Lucian Ban and Grammy-nominated violinist Mat Maneri joined up for a concert in an opera house in Targu Mures in the
LUCIAN BAN/MAT MANERI
When Romanian-born pianist Lucian Ban and Grammy-nominated violinist Mat Maneri joined up for a concert in an opera house in Targu Mures in the middle of Romania’s Transylvania region, the music was, as Jazz Times puts it, “as close as it gets to Goth jazz.” Released in 2013 by ECM Records, the Transylvanian Concert album features a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music, and album has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including several Best Album of 2013 awards, and has spawned continuous touring. Tonight they will play music from that album and premiere new music for a follow up album: Sun Ra & Paul Motian re-imagined pieces, Transylvanian doinas, re-constructed Enesco and Bartok pieces, original compositions, microtonal songs and more.
Feecho brings together two of the most talented musicians of the current generation of European improvisers. Based in Amsterdam, with origins in Holland and Slovenia, they combine a thorough knowledge of the European classical music history with an extreme sense of earthly energy to be found in the most pure forms of improvised or traditional folk music. A Feecho concert is a jump into the unknown; changes of moods and textures may happen abruptly, but they magically always seem like the most logical and natural way for the music to go. The combination of incredible musicality and intelligent sense of form is very rare for musicians so young as Kaja Draksler and Onno Govaert. Their maturity speaks for itself and is embodied by an interplay which consists not only of an almost scary like-mindedness, but also of a respect for each other’s personal ideas and history of music.