Son of microtonal clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, improviser, theorist, and composer Joe Maneri, Mat Maneri began playing music with his father when he was only seven. Though Joe was a legend among avant-garde and jazz musicians, son Mat surpassed his father's recorded output in a relatively short span of time. Specializing in various violin derivatives, Mat plays the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He has worked with the Joe Morris Quartet, recorded numerous albums with his father, and also made guest appearances with the Boston collective Club d'Elf. His solo albums have been released on ECM, Leo Records, and the Swiss label Hat Hut.
Mat Maneri Trio, he released So What on Hat Hut in 1998. That album featured Mat with Randy Peterson on drums and Matthew Shipp on piano. Another trio album, featuring Mat, Peterson, and Ed Schuller on bass, was released in 1999, entitled Fifty-One Sorrows. Blue Decco followed a year later; Trinity was issued in early 2001. That same year, he joined Shipp and drummer Whit Dickey in Nommonsemble for Life Cycle, followed a year later by his own quartet album, Sustain.
Maneri stayed quite busy, popping up on albums with Josh Roseman, David S. Ware, Craig Taborn, and others. He then paired with his father and bassist Barre Phillips for 2004's Angles of Repose on ECM and drew inspiration from Miles Davis' Bitches Brew on 2005's Pentagon. Maneri next joined Club d'Elf for a handful of albums, including 2006's Now I Understand, after which he contributed to albums by Manuel Valera, Jacob Sacks, Paul Motian, and more.
Shipp and guitarist Joe Morris for Duos, followed in 2013 by A Violent Dose of Anything with Shipp and saxophonist Ivo Perelman. Perelman was also on board for Maneri's next several outings, 2014's Two Men Walking, 2015's Counterpoint, and 2016's Breaking Point. In 2017, Maneri reunited with Shipp and Dickey for the trio session Vessel in Orbit.