Mantaban3jo (Czech Republic) is a project by Jiří Hodina and his music friends, grouped for occasional or long-term cooperation. Mantaban is an open platform for anyone to bring new initiative and part of his own personality. It may surprise with the sound different from that of traditional folk songs. The Oral tradition is based on “mouth-to-ear” transmission , so Mantaban’s intention is not just the authenticity of sound, but also the effort of re-understanding the lyrics and restoring their listening.The Oral tradition is based on “mouth-to-ear”transmission , so Mantaban’s intention is not just the authenticity of sound, but also the effort of re-understanding the lyrics and restoring their listening. That’s why the band does not just play the historical instruments and does not reconstruct or imitate the historical sound. It rather seeks the actual sound in which one can hear “its ancestors”.
Jiří Hodina is a musician with a wide range – from old music to arrangements of the folk songs. He graduated from the Prague Conservatory and was conducting the Gregorian Choir at the Conservatory in Paris. He co-founded Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, where he worked for fifteen years. At the same time, he led the women’s group Schole Benedicte. He is one of the founders of Czech-Moravian music company (todays Čechomor). He later founded his own group Marcipan, which deals with the interpretation of Czech and Moravian folk songs.
Current members of the band are, in adition to Jiří hodina, trombonist Jan Jirucha and saxophonist and clarinettist Patr Kalfus.
Jan Jirucha was born in 1982 in Prague. He comes from a musical family. He has been playing euphonium and trombone since his age of six. He runs the Bucinatores company, which exists in several variants, and further is involved for example in Concept Art Orchestra, Points, MCH Trio, Michal Prokop & Framus Five and others.
Petr Kalfus (1983) plays various types of clarinet and saxophone in many different bands: Bucinatores, Concept Art Orchestra, Andy Schofield Orchestra, Sextet, Artisans Quintet, Josef Kolo Sextet and others
Jiří Hodina – vocal, violin; Jan Jirucha – trombone; Petr Kalfus – saxophones, clarinets.