“The contributions from special guests add exotic gradations, allowing the production to ascend into creative orbits that go well beyond jazz, fusion or other labels. It is inventive, spontaneous music that will leave listeners clamoring for more.” – from the Astoria Roots Live review by James Nadal, allaboutjazz.com, May 17, 2017
“Anybody with a taste for avant-garde jazz fusion, ambient over the edge sound is gonna flip over Manu Koch and Filtron M’s Mandatory Undergound, a terrific four composition EP which sounds like Weather Report one second and some dark angled The XX style the next.” – from the Mandatory Underground review by Iman Lababedi, rocknycliveandrecorded.com, November 21, 2014
Filtron M is a project created by New York based keyboarder, composer and producer Manu Koch which serves as a platform for a selection of musicians and visual artists from around the globe.
Manu has been exposed to numerous genres and musical cultures by working and touring with many leading figures in contemporary music for nearly two decades. Filtron M draws from this extensive experience as a sideman, ranging from Afro-Pop star Angélique Kidjo to projects by Miles Davis bassist and Santana’s musical director Benny Rietveld, collaborating on numerous True Groove productions by New York soul and blues artist Tomás Doncker or touring internationally with the New York Gypsy All-Stars.
In live performances, on albums and videos Filtron M originally appeared in various units such as Astoria Roots or Unique Afrique, continues to build on those group sounds and often features guests. Characteristic for the music of Filtron M is the emphasis on layered rhythms, grooves and bass lines which most of Manu’s compositions are built on. Each band member provides their singular, individual voice on their instrument and the result is a contemporary global sound thanks to the collaborative arrangements and musical freedom given to each performer.
Visit this page to see the full list of Filtron M participants and contributors.