Lucian Ban (°1969, Cluj-Napoca) is an American jazz
pianist of Romanian origin.
Romanian expat pianist and composer Lucian Ban and
American master violist Mat Maneri (°1969) present
a radical re-imagining of George Enesco’s magnum
opera Oedipe. More than 80 years after its premiere in
Paris, the two musicians, renowned for their work at the
intersection of jazz, improvisation and chamber music,
will present their take on the opera, Oedipe Redux, which
features an international cast of jazz iconoclasts such as
Ralph Alessi, phenomenal singers Jen Shyu and
Theo Bleckmann, bassist John Hebert, master drummer
Tom Rainey and French clarinet virtuoso Louis Sclavis.
Enescu’s monumental opera Oedipe is rarely performed today. In his discussion of the work, Lucian Ban says: “Its profound synthesis of ancient and modern, late romanticism and sheer individualism on the part of its composer, is unparalleled I think among 20th century operas.” This is why Ban and Maneri, after working on some of Enescu’s instrumental pieces, decided to bring their unique approach to Oedipe.
Mat Maneri: viola, arrangements/ Lucian Ban: piano, arrangements/ Louis Sclavis: clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone/ Ralph Alessi: trumpet/ Theo Bleckmann: vocals/ Jen Shyu: vocals/ John Hébert: double bass/ Tom Rainey: drums, percussion