Mat Maneri

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Mat Maneri in 2007.
Mat Maneri in Aarhus, Denmark 2016.
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Mat Maneri (born October 4, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American composer, improviser and jazz violin and viola player, specifically derivatives such as the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He is the son of the saxophonist Joe Maneri.[1]

Maneri has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Berne, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, John Lockwood, as well as with his own trio, quartet, and quintet. He has also played on various band releases: Club d'Elf, Decoupage, Brewed by Noon, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Buffalo Collision.[2]

Maneri started studying violin at the age of five and received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School and New England Conservatory of Music, before going on to pursue a professional career in jazz music.[3]

He started releasing records as a leader in 1996 and has performed and recorded worldwide. Maneri has worked with Ed Schuller, John Medeski, Roy Campbell, Paul Motian, Robin Williamson, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Ethan Iverson, David King and many others. Maneri has taught privately and at the New School.


As leader[edit]

  • In Time with Pandelis Karayorgis (Leo, 1994)
  • Fever Bed (Leo, 1996)
  • Acceptance (hatOLOGY, 1996)
  • Fifty-One Sorrows (Leo, 1997)
  • Reaching with Steven Lantner (Leo, 1997)
  • Lift & Poise (Leo, 1998) - with Pandelis Karayorgis
  • Light Trigger with Randy Peterson (No More, 1998)
  • So What? (hatOLOGY, 1998)
  • Trinity (ECM, 1999)
  • Blue Decco (Thirsty Ear, 2000)
  • For Consequence (Leo, 2001)
  • Disambiguation (Leo, 2002) with Pandelis Karayorgis
  • Sustain with Joe McPhee (Thirsty Ear, 2002)
  • For Flowers, (2004)
  • Chamber Trio, (2005)
  • Self-luminous, (2005)
  • Happening, (2005)
  • Transylvanian Concert, (ECM, 2013)

As sideman[edit]

With Borah Bergman

  • The River of Sounds (Boxholder, 2000)

With Steve Dalachinsky

  • Incomplete Directions (Knitting Factory, 1998)

With Kris Davis

With Heinz Geisser and Guerino Mazzola

  • Heliopolis (Cadence, 1999)

With Whit Dickey

With Ellery Eskelin

  • Vanishing Point (hat HUT, 2000)

With Guillermo Gregorio

  • Approximately (hat HUT, 1995)
  • Red Cube(d) (hat HUT, 1996)

With Masashi Harada

  • Obliteration at the End of Multiplication (Leo, 1998)

With Pandelis Karayorgis

  • The Other Name (Motive, 1992)

With Russ Lossing

  • Metal Rat (Clean Feed, 2000)

With Joe Maneri

  • Kalavinka (Cochlea, 1989)
  • Get Ready to Receive Yourself (Leo, 1993)
  • Tenderly (hat HUT, 1993)
  • Coming Down the Mountain (hat HUT, 1993)
  • Let the Horse Go (Leo, 1995)
  • Three Men Walking with Joe Morris (ECM, 1995)
  • Out Right Now with Joe Morris (hatOLOGY, 1996)
  • In Full Cry (ECM, 1996)
  • Blessed (ECM, 1997)
  • The Trio Concerts (Leo, 1997)
  • Tales of Rohnlief (ECM, 1998)
  • Angles of Repose (ECM, 2002)
  • Going To Church (AUM Fidelity, 2002)

With Joe Morris

With Ivo Perelman

  • A Violent Dose of Anything (Leo, 2013)
  • Two Men Walking (Leo, 2014)
  • Counterpoint (Leo, 2015)
  • Villa Lobos Suite (Leo, 2015)
  • Breaking Point (Leo, 2016)

With Matthew Shipp

with Spring Heel Jack

  • Masses (Thirsty Ear, 2001)

With Craig Taborn

With Cecil Taylor

  • Algonquin (Bridge, 1999)

With David S. Ware

With Keith Yaun

  • Countersink (Leo, 1998)
  • Amen: Improvisations on Messiaen (Boxholder, 1999)

With Ches Smith

  • The Bell (ECM, 2016)


  1. ^ Stacia Proefrock (1969-10-04). "Mat Maneri | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Mat Maneri & Pandelis Karayorgis | In Time | CD Baby Music Store". Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Music | Dark star". Retrieved 2016-02-21. 

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