BA in Asian Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, Dance division Music Director, Instructor, faculty member since 2000; Head Accompanist since 1991, Associate Accompanist 1984-1990. Original scores commissioned for CU dance concerts include “Peristyle” with Onye Ozuzu in 2002 and pieces by Nada Diachenko, David Capps, Nancy Spanier, Mel Wong,Toby Hankin, and Aaron Smith.
Manno has created over 50 original scores for dance, theatre, film and multimedia productions outside the University, many of them evening-length works. Some recent commissioning artists/organizations include Gabriel Masson and the Bates Dance Festival, Nancy Spanier, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, David Taylor Dance Theatre and Lazer Vaudeville. His work has been supported by two NEA Meet the Composer grants, among others, and has been presented in Germany, Holland, the U.K., Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and all across the U.S. Manno sings and plays instruments in the piano, guitar, woodwind and percussion families, incorporating a wide range of genres. His greatest loves are Balkan and Middle Eastern music, Romantic music, Minimalism, and recorded soundscapes combining — in one case — a California roller coaster with a beginning Bulgarian bagpipe class in the distance. Manno grew part way up in New York City, the son of a musician and a dancer, and later began accompanying and composing professionally for dance as a teenager in Fort Collins, CO.