The palimpsestic Series, curated by Oscar Noriega, presents "Angles of Repose" featuring Mat Maneri, Viola, Drew Gress, Bass, Lucian Ban, Piano and Randy Peterson, drums, October 24, 8pm at Barbes, Park Slope Brooklyn. Angles, always presented as a quartet led by Maneri and Ban, will be presenting new music for this performance.
"Angles of Repose" is the continuation of a musical rapport developing between violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban which features an ever changing roster of stellar musicians, October 24 is no exception as they are joined by seasoned bassist Drew Gress and powerful drummer Randy Peterson. Past collaborations have included Trevor Dunn, John Hebert and Gerald Cleaver among others.
Mat 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, and Buffalo Collision. Maneri has worked with Ed Schuller, John Medeski, Roy Campbell, Paul Motian, Tomasz Stanko, Robin Williamson, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Ethan Iverson, David King and many others. He has released records on labels such as Thirsty Ear, HatHut and ECM.
Nominated twice (2005 & 2006) for 'Best European Jazz Musician" by The Hans Koller Foundation in Austria, pianist and composer Lucian Ban was born in Cluj – Transylvania, Romania. His American debut recording "Somethin" Holy" in duet with bari sax Alex Harding was awarded 4 stars by All Music Guide, and was followed by the critically praised quintet album "Premonition" (2003), "Tuba Project" (feat. Bob Stewart, 2006) "Playground" (feat Jorge Sylvester, 2006) and 'The Romanian-American Jazz Suite" in 2008 by Sam Newsome & Lucian Ban Ensemble. Since then he has played/recorded with: Alex Harding, Reggie Nicholson, Art Baron, Sam Newsome, Barry Altschul, Jorge Sylvester, Brad Jones, Bruce Williams, Damion Reid, Chris Dahlgren, Pheeroan AkLaff, J.D.Allen, Bruce Cox, Hill Greene, Carlo DeRosa, Curtis Fowlkes, Mark Helias, Gene Jackson, Ron Horton, Nasheet Waits, Bob Stewart, Gerald Cleaver, and Derrek Phillips among others.
Bassist/composer Drew Gress performs extensively with artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music. His latest project-The Irrational Numbers (Premonition), features Drew original compositions for quintet. Earlier releases include the critically-acclaimed 7 Black Butterflies (2005), Spin & Drift (2001), and Heyday (1997). Future projects include a new quintet project, a solo bass recording, and an electronics project?oon to be unveiled.
Drew can also be heard within the ensembles of John Abercrombie, Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Bill Carrothers, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Copland, Mark Feldman, Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, Tony Malaby, and John Surman.
Randy Peterson is best known for his drumming in various contexts with free jazz saxophonist/clarinetist Joe Maneri and Mat ManerI. Peterson's style is often rather relaxed and episodic, in that his drum hits come in flurries. It's as if he conceives his playing in terms of sets of phrases with clear beginnings and ends, even though most of his playing is metrically free.