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Angel City Jazz Festival 2015 featuring Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri, Empty Cage Quartet | Angel City Arts & The Jazz Bakery present

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Date(s) - 10/01/2015
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM



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Angel City Arts and The Jazz Bakery present …

Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri Transylvanian Concert

Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute New York

  • Lucian Ban – piano
  • Mat Maneri – viola

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 has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including several Best Album of 2013 awards, and has spawned continuous touring.

Transylvanian Concert documents a spontaneously organized performance at the opera house in Targu Mures, featuring a programme of their self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music.

The Guardian (UK) noted Transylvanian Concert’s “own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance”, The New York Times called it “a lovely and restive new album”, All About Jazz hailed its“moments of unanticipated beauty”, L.A. Weekly talks about a performance that is “ mesmerizing, evocative and sensually explicit” and The Village Voice calls it “is one of those records that whisk you away”. A modern collection of sonatas that erase the lines between jazz and classical, a melding of sounds similar to a modern liturgy (Jazz Weekly).

Ban and Maneri are undertaking a US tour on both coasts , with support from RCINY the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, presenting material from their 2013 album and premiering new music for an upcoming session – Transylvanian doinas, re-imaginations of Bartok collected folk songs, original compositions, microtonal songs and more.

Empty Cage Quartet

  • Kris Tiner – trumpet
  • Jason Mears – saxophone
  • Ivan Johnson – bass
  • Paul Kikuchi – drums

The Empty Cage Quartet has been consistently praised as one of the most powerful and original new jazz groups to emerge from the American West Coast. For over a decade they have explored new ways to integrate a diverse mix of musical influences, from traditional forms to contemporary experimental practices. The result is a continually evolving, multidimensional approach to jazz and new music performance, improvisational acuity, and compositional craft that Amazing Sounds Magazine has described as an “urban folk music of the future.”

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