Fabia Mantwill is a Berlin-based saxophonist and vocalist. Passionate about exploring her voice in contemporary music, her diverse output encompasses work as a bandleader, collaborator, contemporary composer and improviser.
Inspired by her time spent in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, Fabia’s work as bandleader and composer bridges several distinct musical worlds from jazz to folk to classical, featuring the bespoke
Fabia Mantwill Orchestra.
Fabia performs regularly with a variety of ensembles and her own groups such as the Fabia Mantwill Quintett, the international Trio Moyoni and the Duo YRJON.
Recent highlights have included tours to India, Brazil, West Africa and, in March 2016, an invitation to the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency with performances at The John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. and The Apollo Theatre in New York City. 2017 she has been selected for the Banff International Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music in Canada.
She has performed with the Metropole Orkest Academy 2016 in Hilversum (NL) and was a member of the LaJJazzO Brandenburg, conducted by Jiggs Whigham. In summer 2015, she was leading a two-months music program in Accra, training Ghanaian musicians and actors.
Fabia Mantwill holds a Bachelor of Jazz Music awarded by the Jazz-Institute Berlin, was a guest student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki/Finland in 2015 and currently studies in the Dr. Langner Jazz Master program in Hamburg. She has studied and worked with jazz luminaries such as Greg Cohen, Tyshawn Sorey, Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Gretchen Parlato, Eric Harland, David Friedman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Linda May Han Oh, amongst others.