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Michael Mantler

Born: August 10, 1943    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Michael Mantler

Michael Mantler was born in 1943 in Vienna, Austria, where he studied trumpet and musicology at the Academy of Music and Vienna University. In 1962 he went to the USA to continue his studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

He moved to New York in 1964 and started playing trumpet with Cecil Taylor and others. During that period he was also involved in the formation of the Jazz Composer's Guild, a collective of musicians and composers, struggling for better working conditions and opportunities to present their new music without compromise. Together with Carla Bley he formed a large jazz orchestra to perform new compositions, resulting in their first recording Communication....
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COMMUNICATION FONTANA (1966) (Jazz Composer's Orchestra) --- JAZZ REALITIES FONTANA (1966) (with Steve Lacy, Carla Bley) --- THE JAZZ COMPOSER'S ORCHESTRA JCOA/ECM (1968) (with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Larry Coryell, Roswell Rudd, Gato Barbieri) --- NO ANSWER WATT/ECM (1974) (with Don Cherry, Jack Bruce, Carla Bley, texts by Samuel Beckett) --- 13 WATT/ECM (1975) (for two orchestras and piano) --- THE HAPLESS CHILD WATT/ECM (1976) (with Robert Wyatt, Terje Rypdal, Jack DeJohnette, texts by Edward Gorey) --- SILENCE WATT/ECM (1977) (with Robert Wyatt, Kevin Coyne, Chris Spedding, texts by Harold Pinter) --- MOVIES WATT/ECM (1978) (with Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow, Tony Williams) MORE MOVIES WATT/ECM (1980) (with Philippe Catherine, Steve Swallow, Gary Windo) --- SOMETHING THERE WATT/ECM (1983) (with Nick Mason, Mike Stern, Mike Gibbs, the London Symphony Orchestra Strings) --- ALIEN WATT/ECM (1985) (with Don Preston) --- LIVE WATT/ECM (1987) (with Jack Bruce, Rick Fenn, Don Preston, Nick Mason) --- MANY HAVE NO SPEECH WATT/ECM (1988) (with Jack Bruce, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Wyatt, Rick Fenn, the Danish Radio Concert Orchestra, conducted by Peder Kragerup, texts by Samuel Beckett, Ernst Meister, Philippe Soupault) --- THE WATT WORKS FAMILY ALBUM WATT/ECM (1990) (sampler) --- FOLLY SEEING ALL THIS ECM (1993) (with the Balanescu String Quartet, Rick Fenn, Jack Bruce, texts by Samuel Beckett) --- CERCO UN PAESE INNOCENTE ECM (1995) (with Mona Larsen, Chamber Ensemble, Danish Radio Big Band, conducted by Ole Kock Hansen, texts by Giuseppe Ungaretti) --- THE SCHOOL OF UNDERSTANDING (opera) ECM (1997) (with Jack Bruce, Mona Larsen, Susi Hyldgaard, John Greaves, Don Preston, Karen Mantler, Per Jørgensen, Robert Wyatt, chamber ensemble, Danish Radio Concert Orchestra strings, conducted by Giordano Bellincampi, texts by Michael Mantler) --- SONGS AND ONE SYMPHONY ECM (2000) (with Mona Larsen plus Chamber Ensemble, texts by Ernst Meister; Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, conducted by Peter Rundel) --- HIDE AND SEEK ECM (2001) (with Robert Wyatt, Susi Hyldgaard, Chamber Ensemble, texts by Paul Auster) --- REVIEW ECM (2006) (compilation) --- CONCERTOS ECM (2008) (with Michael Mantler, Bjarne Roupé, Bob Rockwell, Pedro Carneiro, Roswell Rudd, Majella Stockhausen, Nick Mason, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, conducted by Roland Kluttig) --- FOR TWO ECM (2011) (with Bjarne Roupé, Per Salo)

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