Earl Maneein was born and raised in Queens, NYC and began studying classical violin at age four. He discovered extreme music in October of 1989 at an all ages show in the basement of Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens Village, where he saw the hardcore band No Redeeming Social Value and was accidentally punched in the face by a Sharpie skinhead in the mosh pit. He has never been the same since. 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.
Like most artists that are not supremely “famous”, (whatever that means) Earl has made a career for himself wearing different hats. As a composer, Earl has received commissions from Rachel Barton Pine (international concert violinist), Tito Muñoz (music director of the Phoenix Symphony), Masumi Rostad (violist of the Pacifica String Quartet), The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, The Dance Theater of Harlem, The Francesca Harper Dance Company, and Zentripetal Duo. Earl also regularly composes for his two projects, the experimental grindcore/ improvisatory/ jazz/ metal duo Black Heart Sutra, and his new music/hardcore crossover string quartet SEVEN)SUNS, (sevensunsmusic.com) whose first full length album, "For The Hearts Still Beating", was released on Party Smasher Inc. in June 2017.
His violin concerto "Dependent Arising" received its World Premiere by Rachel Barton Pine with Tito Muñoz conducting the Phoenix Symphony in April of 2017 and is scheduled for more performances for the 2018-19 season with the Orchestre Symphonique Bretagne in Rennes, France and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.
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. Among the artists Earl has collaborated with as a metal and hardcore specialist are Janet Biggs (visual artist), Blake Fleming (original drummer of The Mars Volta), Jessica Pimentel (Orange is the New Black, Alekhine’s Gun) 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 varied styles including but not limited to mainstream classical, historically informed Baroque performance practice, bluegrass, orthodox Jewish music, 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 Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Avraham Fried, Florence+The Machine, Jay-Z, Mordechai Ben David, Paul Weller of The Jam, Rhianna, The Roots, and Sean Lennon, among others and has done countless commercial recording work, among them the 2010 Monster.com Superbowl ad, incidental 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.
ENDORSEMENTS: D'Addario strings, Kemper Profiler Amps, Jim Dunlop Pedals, and Arcus Bows.
SEVEN)SUNS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR with CLERIC and Pyrrhon
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