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Violinist, violist, composer

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Earl Maneein is a composer/ violinist/ violist whose work stands at the somewhat unlikely crossroads of Western Classical music, Heavy Metal, and Hardcore Punk. He was born and raised in Queens, NYC and began studying classical violin at age four. Discovering extreme music when he was thirteen at an all-ages hardcore punk show in the basement of Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens Village, NYC, Earl was moved profoundly and knew even then that he always wanted this kind of music in his life. Exactly how he would incorporate it came much, much later. Continuing to study Western Classical music throughout his childhood, he received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Queens College and a Master of Music Degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied with Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet.


It was Earl’s unique voice combining extreme music with Western Classical training that led to him being commissioned as a composer and as such, Earl has received major commissions and performances from Rachel Barton Pine (international concert violinist), Tito Muñoz (music director of the Phoenix Symphony), The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, The Dance Theater of Harlem, and The Francesca Harper Dance Company. Earl composes and performs for his two projects, Black Heart Sutra (https://blackheartsutra.bandcamp.com/releases) and SEVEN)SUNS (sevensunsmusic.com) whose first full length album, "For The Hearts Still Beating", was released on Party Smasher Inc. in June 2017.

Praised by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo as a “kick ass player who pushes the creative boundaries”, Earl’s expertise in extreme music is much sought after by musicians in the hardcore/metal community and beyond. Earl’s collaborators include Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Janet Biggs (visual artist), Blake Fleming (The Mars Volta), and the bands Blood Has Been Shed, So Hideous, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Earl and his string quartet SEVEN)SUNS were featured prominently on The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final album, “Dissociation”, released at the end of 2016.


 As a freelance violinist and violist Earl is comfortable and skilled in diverse styles including but not limited to mainstream classical, historically informed Baroque performance practice, bluegrass, jazz and rock. He tours as a featured player of the Vitamin String Quartet and has recorded and played with such varied artists and groups as Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Florence+The Machine, Jay-Z, Rhianna, The Roots, and Sean Lennon, among others and has done countless commercial recording work, among them the 2010 Monster.com Superbowl ad, soundtrack music for the Nickelodeon show Team Umizoomi, and “Rising Sun”, the theme song for the WWE wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura.


Earl lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife (and SEVEN)SUNS cellist), Jennifer and their daughter




3/15 - Baltimore MD - The Depot
3/16 - Greensboro NC - New York Pizza
3/17 - Asheville NC - Static Age Records
3/18 - Murfreesboro TN - Autograph Studios
3/19 - TBA
3/21 - St. Louis MO - Foam
3/22 - Kansas City MO - Riot Room

4/5 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
4/6 - Philadelphia PA - Century Bar

November 16- Long Branch NJ (check sevensunsmusic.com for details)

November 17 Washington DC (check sevensunsmusic.com for details)

November 18- Philadephia PA (check sevensunsmusic.com for details)

November 19- Brooklyn NY (check sevensunsmusic.com for details)

August 26- September 1- Avaloch Farm Residency with seven)suns

September 10- @ Shapeshifter Lab with seven)suns

September 22- @ DROM Dave Gotay Memorial Concert with Sweet Plantain