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Mat Maneri’s Ash Quartet

October 30 @ 7:30 pm

Monday, October 30
7:30 pm PDT
Raisbeck Auditorium*  


Originally from Brooklyn, violist and composer Mat Maneri is a master of improvisation. He follows in the footsteps of stellar improvisers Paul Bley and Paul Motian with a sound that is distinctly his own and developed over years of discovery and practice. Considered as one of the original and compelling musicians of exploratory music, Maneri has collaborated with countless musicians including Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker, Lucian Ban, and Craig Taborn, among others. Pianist Matt Shipp called him “one of the five greatest improvisers on the planet.”

The evolution of Maneri’s remarkable and individual sound began with his initial forays into classical violin. His discovery of Baroque music and his explorations of modern classical and improvisation led him to develop his own practices. Through the influence of his father, woodwind player and educator Joe Maneri, he was able to find a way of vocalizing on the violin or viola in his own unique manner, channeling Ben Webster and Miles Davis.

Following his acclaimed 2019 Dust album Sunnyside records announces Mat Maneri’s —Ash, the second installment from his trilogy for quartet. The new recording showcases his stirring playing in a program of open-ended compositions that showcase his unique marriage of jazz and microtonal music alongside an ensemble of modern master improvisers: drummer Randy Peterson, pianist Lucian Ban, and bassist John Hébert.

Maneri’s ensemble for this concert includes Lucian Ban (piano), Brandon Lopez (bass), and Randy Peterson (drums).

“Violist Mat Maneri has a sound all his own: with his mahogany tone and muscular low register, he slithers from note to note like a satiated snake.” – Chicago Reader

* Raisbeck Auditorium is a new performance space at Cornish College of the Arts. Not to be confused with the older Raisbeck Performance Hall next door, the new auditorium is located in the Ivey building on the corner of Lenora St and Boren Ave.

**Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: Earshot recommends that all ticket holders be vaccinated. Policy subject to change. Full COVID policy here.

Mat Maneri photo by Hreinn Gudlaugsson 


October 30
7:30 pm
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Raisbeck Auditorium
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