Lucian Ban

LUCIAN BAN was raised in a small village in northwest Transylvania, in “the region where Bartok did his most extensive research and collecting of folk songs” and grew up listening to both traditional and classical music. He studied composition at the Bucharest Music Academy while simultaneously leading his own jazz groups, and notes that his approach to improvisation has been influenced by “the profound musical contributions of Romanian modern classical composers like Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru and of course Enesco”. Desire to get closer to the source of jazz brought him to the US, and since moving from Romania to New York in 1999 has been leading several projects creating music that reinvents the jazz idiom and collaborating with some of today’s most celebrated jazz musicians. His compositions are performed and recorded by other musicians and Ensembles and he has released 15 albums under his name for labels such as ECM Records, Sunnyside Records, Clean Feed, CIMP, Jazzaway, all the while maintaining a worldwide touring schedule. In 2013 ECM Records releases “TRANSYLVANIN CONCERT” his duet with violist Mat Maneri. His 2nd album with ELEVATION “Songs from Afar” featuring Transylvanian traditional singer Gavril Tarmure was released by Sunnyside Records in 2016 and was a DOWNBEAT BEST ALBUM of the YEAR receiving a 5* review. In 2017 Clean Feed Records releases SOUNDING TEARS featuring Mat Maneri, Lucian Ban and legendary saxophonist Evan Parker

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”Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner” – All About Jazz

“Like many of the great masters, pianist Lucian Ban makes personal art that feels universal” – DOWNBEAT

“Ban’s tasteful, reflective piano playing combines the elegance and technical precision of the European classical

tradition with wide-ranging musical interests and a passion for improvisation” – Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz

“Ban suggests Keith Jarrett, Monk and early Abdullah Ibrahim with 20th-century classical infusion” – The Guardian

”Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner” – All About Jazz

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Discography

Free Fall

Free Fall

Sunnyside Records
2019

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Songs from Afar

Songs from Afar

Sunnyside Records
2016

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Elevation. Songs from Afar

Elevation. Songs from...

Sunnyside Records
2016

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Enesco Re-Imagined

Enesco Re-Imagined

Sunnyside Records
2010

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Tuba Project

CIMP Records
2007

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