SONGS ENSEMBLE featuring John Greaves (voice), Annie Barbazza
(voice), Michael Mantler (trumpet), Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), Bjarne
Roupé (guitar), David Helbock (piano) and the radio.string.quartet
- Bernie Mallinger (violin), Igmar Jenner (violin), Cynthia Liao (viola),
Sophie Abraham (cello) - performing songs with texts by Samuel Beckett,
Ernst Meister, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Harold Pinter and Michael Mantler,
appeared at Porgy & Bess in Vienna on September 26.
See videos on YouTube.
Mantler Music Editions has completed preparing the publication of printed
volumes of scores from selected recordings by Michael Mantler, constituting
a body of work which had been released over a 50-year period on JCOA,
WATT and ECM Records.
They are exclusively distributed by ECM
Records, at a price of 35 € each (except Volume Four at 25 €),
coupled with an attractive special sale offer of certain relevant CDs
if purchased together with the books. The full set of five books will
be able to be purchased for 125 €.
are produced as hardcover books, A4 landscape format, printed on 135g
high-quality paper, with illuminating introductions by Richard Williams.
- Volume One - THE JAZZ
COMPOSER'S ORCHESTRA AND ITS UPDATES (256 pages), includes engraved scores
of all compositions contained on the two corresponding recordings, The
Jazz Composer's Orchestra (1968 / JCOA 1001/2) and The
Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update (2013 / ECM 2391), as well as facsimile
scans of the original scores that were used during the iconic 1968 recording
Two - VOICES AND WORDS (280 pages) includes engraved scores for
the music contained on Many
Have No Speech (1988 / WATT/19), Cerco
Un Paese Innocente (1995 / ECM 1556) and Hide
and Seek (2001 / ECM 1738), a selection of Mantler's extensive work
with the very special voices of Jack Bruce, Robert Wyatt, Marianne Faithfull,
Mona Larsen and Susi Hyldgaard, interpreting texts by Samuel Beckett,
Ernst Meister, Philippe Soupault, Giuseppe Ungaretti and Paul Auster,
all in orchestral contexts.
Three - CONCERTOS AND SUITES (272 pages) includes engraved scores
for purely orchestral works from Concertos
(2008 / ECM 2054) and CODA
/ Orchestra Suites (2021 / ECM 2697), Mantler's current new release.
- Volume Four - LARGE AND
SMALL (144 pages) includes engraved scores for One
Symphony , a large orchestral work (1998 / ECM 1721), the guitar/piano
Two (2010 / ECM 2139), and facsimiles of the original lead sheets
used during the recording of the trumpet/synthesizer duets album Alien
(1985 / WATT/15).
- Volume Five - COMMENTARY
(260 pages) includes engraved scores for the "sort-of" Opera
School of Understanding (1996 / ECM 1648/49), and the song cycle Comment
c'est (2016 / ECM 2537).
was premiered September 5-7, 2019 at Porgy & Bess, Vienna,
Austria. Since the Jazz
Composer's Orchestra Update and Comment
c'est projects (both presented as well as recorded at Porgy &
Bess in 2013 and 2016 respectively) Michael Mantler continued working
on orchestral reinterpretations and further re-processing of older works.
The result was this series of suites. As with the Jazz Composer's
Orchestra Update, these new pieces again present an entirely new
view of some of his life's work. The recording, entitled CODA,
is available from ECM
Records. Scores of all compositions are available here
and preview audio excerpts can be listened to here.