photo by Bryan Murray


A native of Brooklyn, New York, guitarist/composer/sound artist Terrence McManus has been called "...one of New York's latest guitar heroes..." (All About Jazz), and that he has "...hit on an entirely new language." (Gambit), and "...possesses the goods to impart a significant impact..." (jazzreview.com). Time Out New York calls him a "Texture-minded guitar abstractionist...". He has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Don Byron, Tim Berne, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson, Mark Helias, John Hollenbeck, Ben Monder, Russ Lossing, Randy Peterson, Mat Maneri, Tom Rainey, Michael Sarin, and Marty Ehrlich. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the New York Guitar Festival, Jazz Festival Willisau (Switzerland), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, and the inaugural month at John Zorn’s The Stone. Terrence was featured in the book, State of the Axe: Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words, by legendary photographer Ralph Gibson; the book is distributed by Yale University Press and published by The Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, TX.

Terrence currently performs with the Gerry Hemingway Quintet, the Herb Robertson Ensemble, the Gerry Hemingway/Terrence McManus Duo, and the John Hébert/Terrence McManus Duo. Terrence is featured on the Gerry Hemingway Quintet release Riptide (Clean Feed Records), and the Hemingway/McManus Duo release, Below the surface of (Auricle Records). In 2010 the Hemingway/McManus Duo toured the Midwest, performing and teaching in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. In that same year, the John Hébert/Terrence McManus duo performed and taught in New Orleans, LA.

Terrence’s own ensembles include Transcendental Numbers, with Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway, which has a recording entitled Transcendental Numbers (NoBusiness Records), that Time Out New York calls "...a set of subtle, highly textural trio improvisation." He also leads the trio Blood Money, with John Hébert and Randy Peterson, and a chamber quintet with Ellery Eskelin, Mat Maneri, Russ Lossing, and Gerry Hemingway. The quintet premiered a new sixty minute, multi-sectional, through-composed work titled, The Machine; the piece has also been performed in a trio configuration, and in a solo guitar setting.

An accomplished solo guitarist, Terrence performs his own works on electric and classical guitar, and has developed a unique style of improvisation, drawing on extended technique and prepared guitar. His one solo recording, Brooklyn EP, was described as having "...visceral, stimulating fabrics." (The New York City Jazz Record). He was invited to perform in the 5th annual Electro-Music Festival, and has done numerous solo tours, performing in California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Alaska. In 2011, Terrence was selected as a semi-finalist on classical guitar in the Portland State University Guitar Festival.

Actively involved in education, Terrence has taught at The University of California, San Diego, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, the University of Nebraska, and The New School in New York City.


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