Roberto Manes

World Jazz, Jazz Rock/Fusion, Evocative Soundscapes.

Milan born violinist, Roberto Manes studied violin at Conservatorio di Musica in Milan.

Extensive tours throughout Europe as both a soloist and as a performer with the Roberto Manes band. Numerous broadcasts on European TV networks, including the BBC and RAI. Two solo albums of original compositions (Phoenician Dream, Fihavanana). Several international cinematic collaborations including the Venice Film Festival. Works published by Warner Chappell and distributed by Harmonia Mundi. Roberto has been awarded the "Grand Prix de la Musique" prize - Madagascar.

Roberto signed a publishing contract with Warner Chappell music in London. Roberto has collaborated with guitarist and songwriter Rory Gallagher and worked with various cinematic composers including: Julian Stewart Lindsay, Srdjan Kurpjel, Charlie Mole, Kevin Sargent.

Roberto plays Michele Cavazzuti violins. Teaches in London.

Jazz, Electric Violin Grooves, classical repertoire through to contemporary jazz and modern free form improvisation.

More recent work includes:

- Solo violin for Oliver Parker's "Dorian Gray",
- Solo violin for Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey",
- Solo violin for the BBC drama documentary "The Last Days of Lehman Brothers",
- Solo violin for the Channel Five documentary "Brian Sewell's Grand Tour",
- Solo violin for the BBC series "Jonathan Creek".

Most recent live work has included Polaris, a project co-founded with the bass player Davide Mantovani, and N-harmonix, a collaboration with the pianist Mario Mariani. Both projects shared a common ground in the interplay between improvisation and composing ‘in real time’, and typify the constant search for new means of expression that remains central to the thinking of Roberto Manes.

Press-cuttings include (albums/concerts reviews):

Extraordinary improvisational qualities of the Milanese violinist, without doubt one of the most gifted violinists on the new European jazz scene

Marco Serra - Suono Magazine (October 2006)

‘This is music that takes the listener to faraway places as well as inner ones. A beautifully crafted work of total sincerity..meditative as well as lively’

Rusty Robot - Phoenician Dream review

From Jazz to Paganiniblows us away to the gates of bliss and ecstasy...Des cathedrals sonores

The Express, Madagascar

Vibrant electricitysensitive virtuosity

Barcelona Festival Journal

‘The Interplay of the Prodigies of Modern Jazz’

Tribune Madagascar

‘In the packed hall and in an atmosphere of total delirium, the band, with a repertoire as wide as the world and a way of playing as unpredictable as life, led the audience in an ecstasy of jazz that many will still talk about in ten years time’

Mada News

Wonderful, blissful and breathtaking album Fihavananawhich has touched and inspired me more than anything else I have heard in yearswhat a sound you must all have been flying when you recorded that stuff I cant stop playing it thank you! I must admit that for me the first track is the spine tingling one that does it, only why isnt it longer? It is the most beautiful thing, the sound of your violin

Bon Voyage Records review

‘A journey for the imagination, a dream for the mind - Un viaje para la imaginacion y un sueno para la inteligencia

People Sound review

‘The Flying Virtuosity of the Violinist’

La Vanguardia - Barcelona

Togetherness and universal embrace - Fihavanana, offers an irresistible blend of jazz, fusion and world atmospheres, a breathtaking interplay that blows us away

Suono Magazine - Fihavanana review

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