Magda Mayas

Orchestrating Timbre
Germany °1979
research interests: Sound, piano, psychoacoustics, timbre, improvisation, listening, microphones, speakers, amplified piano, spatialisation
affiliation: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art

Magda Mayas,born 1979, performer/composer living in Berlin.

Over the past 20 years she developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using amplification, 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.

Alongside the piano, Mayas performs on a Clavinet/Pianet, an electric piano from the 60s with strings and metal chimes, where she engages with noise and more visceral sound material, equally extending the instrumental sound palette using extended techniques and devices.

She holds a Phd Music Performance and Interpretation from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Since September 2019 she is a professor at the Unviersity of Applied Sciences and Art and a program coordinator for the Improvisation subject area. Mayas performs internationally solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers.
Current projects are "Spill", a duo with drummer Tony Buck, a duo with Christine Abdelnour (sax) and "Great Waitress", a trio with Monika Brooks (acc) and Laura Altman (cl), Jane in Ether with Biliana Voutchkova (vl) and Miako Klein (flutes) and the Splitter Orchester Berlin. Magda Mayas has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia, Mexico and Lebanon and collaborated with many leading figures in improvisation and composers such as John Butcher, Andy Moor, Eddie Prévost, Phill Niblock, Zeena Parkins, Hamid Drake, Joelle Leandre, David Sylvian, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner.She has performed at festivals and exhibitions such as Maerz Musik (2012,2015), Documenta (2012), the Berlin Biennale (2014) or Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2015).

 She was awarded a residency at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles in 2016 and at the Montalvo Arts Centre, USA in 2017 and 2019. Additionaly, she has been curating, producing radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and released over 40 CDS to date.