The NEW 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.
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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 €.

EDITIONS are produced as hardcover books, A4 landscape format, printed on 135g high-quality paper, with illuminating introductions by Richard Williams.

EDITIONS - 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 sessions.

EDITIONS - Volume 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.

EDITIONS - Volume 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.

EDITIONS - Volume Four - LARGE AND SMALL (144 pages) includes engraved scores for One Symphony , a large orchestral work (1998 / ECM 1721), the guitar/piano duets For 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).

EDITIONS - Volume Five - COMMENTARY (260 pages) includes engraved scores for the "sort-of" Opera The School of Understanding (1996 / ECM 1648/49), and the song cycle Comment c'est (2016 / ECM 2537).

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The ORCHESTRA SUITES project 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.

 last updated:  October 4, 2023