Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Mat started studying violin at age five. He studied privately with Julliard String Quartet founder Robert Koff, and with bass virutuoso Miroslav Vitous in the mid-1980s. Mat received a full scholarship as the principal violinist at Walnut Hill High School, but left school to pursue a professional career in music. By 1990, Mat founded the critically acclaimed Joe Maneri Quartet with Randy Peterson. Mat started releasing records as a leader in 1996, and has developed four working ensembles. Pianists Paul Bley, Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, and Borah Bergman have called upon Matt to perform with them in such venues as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and concert stages across Europe. Mat also enjoys a strong relationship with bassists Ed Schuller, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Barre Phillips, and John Lockwood. Never to be boxed in, Mat has also worked with Joe Morris, John Medeski, Tim Berne, Cecil McBee, T.K. Ramakrishnan, F ranz Kogelman, Roy Campbell, Spring Heel Jack, Draze Hoops, and appears on an Illy B Eats remix CD. Mat presently teaches privately and through the New School / NYC, and performs and records worldwide.
Fever Bed (1996); Acceptance (1999); So What (1999); 51 Sorrows (1999); Light Triggers (with Randy Peterson); Blue Decco (2000); Trinity (2001); Sustain (2002)
Recordings as co-leader:
Karayorgis/Maneri: In Time (1994); Maneri/Morris/Maneri: Three Men Walking (1996); Karayorgis/Maneri: Lift & Poise (1998); Joe Maneri/Mat Maneri: Blessed (1998); Steve Lanter/Mat Maneri: Reaching (1999); Maneri/Phillips/Maneri: Tales of Rohnlief (1999); Matthew Shipp/Mat Maneri: Gravitational Systems (2000); Joe Morris/Mat Maneri: Soul Search (2000); Maneri/Morris/Maneri: Out Right Now (2001); Karayorgis/Maneri Quintet: Disambiguation (2002); Maneri Ensemble: Going To Church (2002)
Joe Maneri: Kalavinka (1989), Get Ready to Receive Yourself (1995), In Full Cry (1997), Coming Down the Mountain (1997); Joe Morris Quartet: You Be Me (1997); Matthew Shipp String Trio: By the Law of Music (1997); Joe Morris Quartet: A Cloud Of Black Birds (1998), Underthru (1999); Joe Maneri: Tenderly (1999); Matthew Shipp Duo: Gravitational Systems (2000); Joe Morris Quartet at the Old Office Knitting Factory (2000); String Trio: Expansion, Power, Release (2001); The Nommonsemble: Life Cycle (2001); Joe Maneri: The Trio Concerts [live] (2001)