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Michael Mantler

Born: 10-Aug-1943
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Musician

Executive summary: Trumpeter and bandleader

Michael Mantler began his music training studying trumpet at The Academy of Music in his native Vienna. In 1962 he moved to the United States to study at the Berklee School, eventually relocating to New York in 1964 where he became active in the Jazz Composers Guild and collaborated with musicians such as Cecil Taylor and Carla Bley. Together with Bley he established both the Jazz Composers Orchestra Association -- a non-profit organization formed to aid the creation and performance of non-mainstream jazz -- and The Jazz Composers Orchestra, with whom he realized the first several recorings of his music.

To address other areas of difficulty for modern jazz creation, Mantler created the New Music Distribution Service in 1972 and then (again with Bley) the record label Watt Works in 1973. Through this label, he would release some of his most notable recordings -- in particular, the Edward Gorey-inspired work The Hapless Child (1976). Over the next couple decades he remained active composing and recording in the States, working on different occasions with the likes of Jack Bruce, Nick Mason and keyboard nut Don Preston; but in 1991 he separated both from Bley and Watt Works and moved his base of operations back to Europe. His work has since mainly concentrated on composition for orchestra.

    The Jazz Composers Orchestra Trumpeter (1964-68)
    Liberation Music Orchestra Trumpeter (1969)
    The Carla Bley Band Trumpeter (1977-84)

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