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Called “A name to watch" by The Guardian and “one of the most gifted pianists to move to New York" (B. Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery), Lucian Ban is a NYC based pianist & composer known for his amalgamations of Transylvanian folk with improvisation, for his mining of 20th Century European classical music with jazz, and for his pursue of a modern chamber jazz ideal, his music has been described as “emotionally ravishing" (Nate Chinen, NYT/WBGO), a “triumph of emotional and musical communication" (All About Jazz), “Unorthodox but mesmeringly beautiful" (The Guardian) and as holding an “alluring timelessness and strong life-force"
(Downbeat Magazine).

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 his ensembles have included many of New York’s finest players all the while maintaining a worldwide touring schedule.

He has recorded 14 albums as a leader for labels such as ECM Records, Sunnyside, Clean Feed, Jazzaway, CIMP, etc. 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.

Lucian Ban has performed/recorded with among others: Abraham Burton , Nasheet Waits, Mat Maneri, Alex Harding, Barry Altschul, Gerald Cleaver, Bob Stewart, Badal Roy, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, Sam Newsome, Ralph Alessi, Pheeroan AkLaff, Reggie Nicholson, Drew Gress, Brad Jones, John Hebert, Eric McPherson.