Magda Mayas

Transmitting a listening
Germany °1979
research interests: Sound, piano, psychoacoustics, timbre, improvisation, listening, Listening traditions, microphones, speakers, amplified piano, spatialisation
affiliation: University of Gothenburg
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Magda Mayas is a pianist living in Berlin working in the field of contemporary, improvised music.

Over the past 20 years she developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself.

Mayas explores textural, linear sound collage, and has developed a set of techniques that draw on the history of prepared and inside piano vocabulary, but are highly individualized and expand the language for internal piano music making.

 

She is currently undertaking Phd studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden investigating instrumental techniques, the real-time orchestration of timbre and spatiality in improvised music performance.

Mayas performs internationally solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers and has performed at festivals and exhibitions such as Maerz Musik (2012,2015), Documenta (2012) or the  Berlin Biennale ( 2014).

She was awarded a residency at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles in 2016 and at the Montalvo Arts Centre, USA in 2017. Additionaly, she has been curating, producing radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and released over 20 CDS to date.

 

 

 



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