Manu KochSince the 2011 release of his debut album Triple Life New York based pianist, keyboarder and composer Manu Koch has shifted focus mostly on his project Filtron M, a platform for a multi-national group of musicians. His wide-ranging influences all come together in his compositions as demonstrated by various units and special guests on the Filtron M-albums Mandatory Underground (2014) and Astoria Roots Live (2017).
Born in Switzerland in 1972, Manu studied classical piano from age 6 and tenor saxophone at age 18 while also taking courses at the Jazz School Lucerne. In 1993 he attended Berklee College Of Music in Boston where he graduated four years later. During his Boston years he soon became an in-demand freelancer performing with various bands and projects ranging from jazz, funk and hip-hop to music from Brazil, Mali, Trinidad and Haiti. Manu Koch relocated to New York in May 2000 where he still lives today.
His Swiss upbringing, a home base in the US for 25 years, and having resided in China, India and Brazil for extended amounts of time have formed his perception of the world and sense of sound as much as his work with over 100 artists, bands and projects throughout his professional career.
In recent years he has toured internationally and/or recorded with Benny Rietveld, Teodora Enache, Kofo The Wonderman, KJ Denhert and the New York Gypsy All-Stars, while regularly involved in singer/songwriter/guitarist Tomás Doncker's True Groove productions.
Manu Koch has been exposed to numerous genres and musical cultures by working and touring with many leading figures in contemporary music for over two decades. As a professional he has collaborated with Angélique Kidjo, Mahmoud Ahmed, James Chance, Cindy Blackman, Prasanna, Lionel Loueke, Portinho, Selam Woldemariam, Adam Deitch, Gino Sitson, Anat Cohen, Grégoire Maret, Malika Zarra, Mattan Klein, Irène Jacob, Fantcha, Magos Herrera and the Mendes Brothers to name a few. He also appeared in concert with top international artists such as Dave Liebman, Trilok Gurtu, Roy Hargrove, Mino Cinelu, Lonnie Plaxico, Graham Haynes, Donny McCaslin, Miguel Zenon, Don Braden, Billy Drewes, Emeline Michel, Sekouba Bambino and Hüsnü Şenlendirici among many others.