Mesmerizing duo Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri in the Enescu Concert Series


Hailed by All about Jazz as “one of the most creative new musicians on the New York City scene”, enthusiastically reviewed by major British jazz publications like Jazzwise and Jazz Journal, Romanian ground-breaking composer and pianist Lucian Ban and American Grammy nominee violist & improviser Mat Maneri debut in 1 Belgrave Square with a program inspired by the music of George Enescu as well as Romania’s ancestral soundscape. The concert is presented within our `Enescu Concert Series` and is part of a tour that will also lead the innovative duo to Derby’s Voice Box and London’s Vortex.

Writing about the album “Transylvanian Concert”, which forms the core of the duo’s British tour, The Guardian praised the music’s “own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance”. The New York Times called it “a lovely and restive new album” while All About Jazz marveled at its “moments of unanticipated beauty”. Village Voice considers “Transylvanian Concert“ as “one of those records that whisk you away” while Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri’ s performances are described by L.A. Weekly as no less than “mesmerizing, evocative and sensually explicit”.

This is the first time when jazz music features in our popular `Enescu Series` but the great composer is as present as ever thanks to Ban and Maneri’ s skillful reinterpretations of some of his great compositions such as “Impression de l’Enfance” Suite, Orchestral Suite no. 1 and Sonata no. 3 “in Romanian folk style”. Another major source of inspiration for the brilliant duo is the ancient “doina”, the Romanian traditional musical genre included in the UNESCO heritage.

The Lucian Ban-Mat Maneri tour is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the ECM Records.

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