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Fabia Mantwill


Saxophonist. Vocalist. Composer. Arranger.

Fabia Mantwill is a Berlin-based saxophonist, vocalist and composer with an international focus. She has been gaining increasing recognition as an important young German jazz musician with her own message. Her diverse output encompasses work as a bandleader, contemporary composer, arranger, collaborator and improviser.

Fabia has recently written for the Metropole Orkest (NL) feat. Becca Stevens and conducted by Vince Mendoza.

In November 2018 her orchestra work, Sasa ndio Sasa, was premiered at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, where she was featured as a composer, conductor and soloist.

In 2017 she was selected for the International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at Banff Centre Canada, curated by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey. In 2016 she received the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Fabia’s work as bandleader and composer bridges several distinct musical worlds, from jazz to folk and classical music. One of the projects in which she is featured combining her many talents is the Fabia Mantwill Orchestra.

“Fabia Mantwill’s music encompasses the beauty of our world in a way rarely captured by contemporary musicians. Organic. Creative. Powerful. And Nurturing. Her playing, writing and spirit are cut from the same cloth. Honest. Direct. And soulful.”(Greg Cohen)

Recent highlights include concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Apollo Theater in New York City, as well as festivals and tours in China, India, Brazil, West Africa, Canada, USA and Europe.

Fabia Mantwill holds a Bachelor in Jazz from the Jazz-Institute Berlin.

She has studied and collaborated with jazz luminaries such as Tyshawn Sorey, Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Eric Harland, Gretchen Parlato, Greg Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Linda Oh and Jen Shyu, among others.


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