photo by Laurie StalterMat Maneri was born in 1969, and started studying violin at age five. He studied privately with Julliard String Quartet founder Robert Koff, and with bass virutuoso Miroslav Vitous. Mat received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School, but left school to pursue a professional career in music. By 1990, Mat founded the critically acclaimed Joe Maneri Quartet with Randy Peterson. Mat started releasing records as a leader in 1996, and has developed four working ensembles. Pianists Paul Bley, Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, and Borah Bergman have called upon Matt to perform with them in such venues as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and concert stages across Europe. Mat also enjoys a strong relationship with bassists Ed Schuller, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Barre Phillips, and John Lockwood. Never to be boxed in, Mat has also worked with Joe Morris, John Medeski, Tim Berne, Cecil McBee, T.K. Ramakrishnan, Franz Kogelman, Roy Campbell, Spring Heel Jack, Draze Hoops, and appears on an Illy B Eats remix CD. Mat presently teaches privately and through the New School / NYC, and performs and records worldwide. - MM

>>> Mr. Mat Maneri's essence first came incisive beauty true to these ears via his work as a founding member of the mighty Joe Morris Quartet. One duo track with Joe from the album that Quartet recorded for AUM led directly to a full duo album of the two masters. Mat's subsequent move to Brooklyn (right into my neighborhood - bonus!), led to a more immediate revelation of his artistically uncompromising nature, and his uniquely appealing fashion sense. I'm rather exceedingly pleased to have worked with him on the first Maneri Ensemble project, and hope that we will together be able to manifest more together in the future. His Blue Decco album for the Blue Series remains one of my two high and above favorites from that label, and I urge you to pick it up. It seems rather obvious to me that much, much more music of eternal intrigue will be forthcoming from this gentleman. - SJ

Discography as a Leader:
2002 Mat Maneri Quartet - Sustain (The Blue Series/Thirsty Ear)
2001 Mat Maneri - Trinity (ECM)
2000 Mat Maneri Quartet - Blue Decco (The Blue Series/Thirsty Ear)
2000 Mat Maneri/Randy Peterson - Light Trigger (No More)
1999 Mat Maneri Trio - 51 Sorrows (Leo)
1999 Mat Maneri Trio - So What (Hatology)
1999 Mat Maneri Quintet - Acceptance (Hatology)
1996 Mat Maneri Trio - Fever Bed (Leo)

Discography as a Co-Leader:
2017 Dickey-Maneri-Shipp - Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity)
2002 Maneri Ensemble - Going To Church (AUM Fidelity)
2002 Karayorgis/Maneri Quintet - Disambiguation (Leo)
2001 Maneri/Morris/Maneri - Out Right Now (Hatology)
2000 Joe Morris/Mat Maneri - Soul Search (AUM Fidelity)
2000 Matthew Shipp/Mat Maneri - Gravitational Systems (Hatology)
1999 Maneri/Phillips/Maneri - Tales of Rohnlief (ECM)
1999 Steve Lanter/Mat Maneri - Reaching (Leo)
1998 Joe Maneri/Mat Maneri - Blessed (ECM)
1998 Karayorgis/Maneri - Lift & Poise (Leo)
1996 Maneri/Morris/Maneri - Three Men Walking (ECM)
1994 Karayorgis/Maneri - In Time (Leo)

Selected Discography as Key Sideman:
2001 The Nommonsemble - Life Cycle (AUM Fidelity)
2001 Expansion , Power, Release : String Trio (w/ Mat Maneri, William Parker) Hatology
2001 Joe Maneri Trio - The Trio Concerts [live]   Leo
2000 Joe Morris Quartet at the Old Office Knitting Factory
2000 Matthew Shipp Duo - Gravitational Systems Hatology
1999 Joe Morris Quartet - Underthru Omnibone
1999 Joe Maneri Quartet - Tenderly   hatHUT
1998 Joe Morris Quartet - A Cloud Of Black Birds AUM Fidelity
1997 Matthew Shipp String Trio - By the Law of Music HatArt
1997 Joe Maneri Quartet - Coming Down the Mountain   hatHUT
1997 Joe Morris Quartet - You Be Me Soul Note
1997 Joe Maneri Quartet - In Full Cry   ECM
1995 Joe Maneri Quartet - Get Ready to Receive Yourself   Leo
1989 Joe Maneri Trio - Kalavinka   Northeastern


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