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Manuel Engel

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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: January 7, 1976    

Manuel Engel

Manuel T. Engel is a Chrysler Jazz Award WINNER, 14th Annual BILLBOARD World Songwriting Contest WINNER - Composer/Pianist/Producer. A classically trained and internationally renowned musician, combining the classic influences of Miles Davis with the breakthrough techniques of visionaries like John Cage and Sun Ra.

MTE toured in Switzerland (International Jazz Festivals of Bern, Olten, Zuerich and Montreux) Europe and the U.S., including performances in Berlin/Germany, New York/USA: Smalls, Knitting Factory, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, B.B. King (Showcase for MBK Entertainment), BAM at Fort Greene Park, Village Soul Festival, Top Events of Switzerland at Lincoln Center (Kaplan Penthouse) and Washington DC (John F...
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Awards

Chrysler Jazz Award, Billboard Songwriting Award, OurStage Artist of the Month Award, Independent Music Awards Finalist
”Engel has a knack for crafting elegant, cinematic pieces of music. And it is an ability he demonstrates splendidly on ME 3” a constantly shifting improvised album with an achingly beautiful, zen-like quality to it. Throughout, Engel’s classically influenced vision is experimental and refreshingly original: his playing is minimalist at times, exotic at others, and once in a while channeling Paul Bley’s more explorative imaginings. Finally, however, it is Engel’s piano playing that stars: his dreamy solo number ‘Alithea’ ends what is a dynamic” at times eerily hypnotic” experience.”

Tom Barlow, BBC/Jazzwise Magazine

”Engel finds sweet release in the emptiness of space. Like the Buddhists, he wants to disconnect from tension by simplifying his thoughts. A few well-placed notes can be filled with insight, though for the uninitiated they can also sound rather random. If today's computer-driven economy is squeezing all of us into a few universal shapes that can be organized at warp speed, Engel is finding us some wiggle room.”

Chuck Graham, Tucson Citizen

Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
For lessons please e-mail: manu@metonicrecords.com

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