Mat Maneri

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


4 October 1969, New York City, New York, USA. Maneri began playing violin as a tiny child, receiving lessons from the age of four but later, although studying on a full performing arts scholarship, dropped out of formal studies. However, as the son of the legendary music educator Joe Maneri, there was a measure of inevitability about his eventual return. He studied privately, notably with Robert Koff of the Juilliard String Quartet, played violin in a quartet led by his father, and eventually began attending the New England Conservatory of Music. This did not stick either, but he continued to play and study and gradually his reputation as a music maker at the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music spread. As his own reputation gathered momentum, Maneri did music a great service by actively persuading his radical father back onto the public stage for a succession of ear-catching performances that led in time to the old man’s renaissance. Meanwhile, the...

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