If you are into jazz, ECM records, piano, viola & violin, Transylvania, or all of the above, you must make your way to the Jazz Bistro in downtown Toronto this coming Tuesday evening (at a very reasonable 8 PM and an extremely light-on-the-wallet $10 -$20).
It’s the Canadian premiere of the Transylvanian Concert (ECM 2313).
It is extremely rare we see ECM artists playing in Toronto. The peerless record label from Munich features a roster that, except for Toronto Jazz Festival or club circuit regulars such as Chick Corea and John Abercrombie, Toronto audience is mostly unacquainted with. Which makes the next week’s program even more provocative.
More: while most jazz labels make their music available on streaming services, ECM is one of the notoriously few that doesn’t. If you like what they publish, you gotta see the artist in concert and buy their music on CD.
The Transylvanian Concert (listen to a sample here, by clicking “listen” in the left bar) is a piano-viola duo by long time collaborators Lucian Ban and Matt Maneri, both based in New York. The “Transylvanian” flavor is sourced from the native homeland of Ban, who hails from Cluj, Romania.