Mat Maneri/ Lucian Ban duo ready for ECM release and tour in 2013

 Lucian Ban / Mat Maneri 
introducing their new collaboration in 2013 

Mat Maneri / Viola
Lucian Ban / Piano

Twice nominated in 2005 & 2006 for the Hans Koller “Best European Jazz Musician Preis“, pianist, composer & arranger Lucian Ban  meets up with 2006 Grammy Nominee for “Best Alternative Album” Mat Maneri to create something spectacular. 

The album is due for release via ECM Recordings (with whom Maneri already recorded for since 1999)  in April 2013. Much more about very very soon!!

The two musicians have first collaborated in the award winning third stream extravaganza Enesco Re-Imagined, a CD that appeared on many critics “Best of 2010” lists and featured a stunning group of musicians – Badal Roy, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, John Hebert, Gerald Cleaver among others - in a daring re-imagining of the works of famed romanian violin virtuoso George Enescu. Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri also colead "Angels of repose" - a quartet featuring drummer Randy Peterson and bassist Drew Gress.

European tour.
Now they are scheduled for their  European tour in 2013 , and PG Special Agent is very proud to be able to produce the tour.

Booking period Europe in 2013:
May 10 – 28 in Europe. 

Current dates still available are: 

15-20 May + 24-28 May 2013

Extra period tbc for Fall 2013:
A 2nd period is in planning for november, so we take in requests for booking in november as well.

More info can also be found here the JAZZ ARTIST SECTION and the ARTIST WEBSITE.

Please do not hesitate in getting in touch for more info and booking request for this wonderful duo.

 Listen to the music here:

Simon Toldam Trio now added for international booking

 Simon Toldam Trio

Nils Davidsen – bass, Simon Toldam – piano
 Knut Finsrud – drums

Just added Simon Toldam Trio on the rooster for 2013 booking. Will be looking forward bringing out this wonderful trio live in they year to come.

 These guys are amazing. Fresh, stylish and  they can play music. Han Bennink, John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur, Tom Rainy, Eivind Aarset, Nils Petter Molvær, Dave Douglas, Peter Brötzman, Evan Parker , Dave Liebman, Tim Berne, Carsten Dahl and many more, have already enjoyed playing with them in various constellations/ releases.

Their recent album, ”Sunshine Sunshine or Green as Grass” (ILK) has recieved awards and fantastisc press. One many ”Top album” lists for 2012. And its actually an live album, so you get a good idea, how they can play and get the club swinging.

They will be ready for booking through-out 2013 during these periods:

 ·         April/ May: 29 April – 05 May

·         July: 05-14 July

·         September:  02-08 Sept.

·         November: 18-24 November 

       See more info HERE and band website

Recent press (album out on ILK):

Tor Hammerø, 24/4-2012 - side2.no  (NOR)
Danish shooting star – the trio is an unusual creative and listening organism, creating a special atmosphere through their  music and expression which is rarely heard”

Stuart Nicholson, July 2012 – Jazzwise ((ENG)
“This is a mature statement of a musician who deserves to be heard  on the European stage”

Laurence Donohue-Greene - New York City Jazz (USA)
Record Selected ”Recommended new release – May 2012”     

 Nordische Musik (DE)
“…an artistically accomplished jazz album, without question one of the best of the year.”

Christian Munch-Hansen, 31/3-2012- Politiken (DK)
“One of the most interesting piano-trio releases this year.”