Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri Interviewed, Concert Tonight in Santa Fe

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.


Pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri are preparing another duo album, a follow-up to their 2013 release Transylvanian Concert (ECM). “We’ve been working up material for three or four years,” said the Romania-born Ban, who appears with Maneri at Gig Performance Space on Saturday, Oct. 28. Maneri said the music they’ve considered includes pieces by Romanian classical composer George Enescu; mythic big-band leader and composer Sun Ra; drummer and composer Paul Motian, as well as Romanian doinas, local folk music with detectable Middle Eastern influences. “More intimate pieces,” Maneri explained.