Magda Mayas

Magda Mayas © by Peter Gannushkin

Magda Mayas - Piano, Clavinet

Magda Mayas, born 1979, is a pianist living in Berlin.
Developing a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects, she explores textural, linear and fast moving sound collage.

Alongside the piano, Mayas has recently been performing 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. 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).
She is currently undertaking Phd studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and investigating extended instrumental techniques, spectral music and psychoacoustics in an improvised music context.
Since 2013 she has also been producing radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and has released 20 CDS to date. 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, Zeena Parkins, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Phill Niblock, Peter Evans, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner. She has performed at festivals and exhibitions such as Maerz Musik (2012,2015), Documenta (2012) or the  Berlin Biennale (2014).

Press Quotes

"Mayas has an ingenious way of using both the inside and keyboard of the piano to create sparse tiny fragments of motion that are compatible with multiple layers of the musical context (..) she is definately a leading light of the next generation of improvisers. "
Michael Anton Parker, Downtown Music Gallery, NY

"The piano is the piano throughout, but Mayas knows how to pull out so many more of the instrument, the scraping, bowing and plucking that this fifty minute release is a breathtaking work."
Frans de Waard - vitalweekly

"Heartland is great, a real tour de force of solo, entirely acoustic improvisatio ( ..... ) this CD is not about innovation or technique, but it is a fine example of one musician using their undoubted skill to portray strong, emotional music in a very direct, powerful manner. Another really good one."
Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear

"It [Heartland] is one of the widest and deepest adventures into the sonic heart of the piano, including its entire cardiovascular system attached to it (...) It is so powerful that it's captivating."
Stef Gijssels

"The real success of Heartland lies not just in the sounds that Mayas produces, but in the way that they are put together into a coherent and compelling performance. Across its two extended tracks, the energy and invention of the album never flags. It maintains a forward momentum that draws the listener in. (...) On occasions here, she generates such a variety of sounds that it is difficult to believe they all emanate from one woman plus one piano."
John Eyles : All about Jazz
 

Klavier Quartett

4 May 2008 - 21:00

ohrenstrand.net präsentiert: biegungen im ausland: Klavier Quartett Magda Mayas (Berlin) - Klavier Tisha Mukarji (Kopenhagen) - Innenklavier Andrea Neumann (Berlin) - Innenklavier, Mischpult Christoph Schiller (Basel) - Spinett biegungen im au

Tony Buck's Project TRANSMIT

20 Nov 2008 - 21:00

Tony Buck [Schlagzeug]
Hannes Strobl [E-Bass]   
Steve Heather [Schlagzeug]
Rudi Mahall [Bassklarinette]
Tobias Delius [Tenorsaxophon]
Magda Mayas [E-Piano]

The Devastation Menu

24 Mar 2010 - 21:11
25 Mar 2010 - 21:11
9Lives

two nights of small, medium and large ensembles with

KEN VANDERMARK, (Chicago) reeds
ANDREA NEUMANN, inne klavier
LIZ ALLBEE, trumpet and electronics
VERA FISCHER (Vienna) flutes
EVA REITER (Vienna) viola da gamb

La soirée sonique Vol. 1

17 Apr 2010 - 21:00
Sainct Laurens aus Montreal

La Soirée Sonique Vol. 1

Sainct Laurens plus guests:
Philippe Lauzier (Can) - Bassclarinet, Altosax
Pierre Yves Martel (Can) - Viola da Gamba, Feedbacks
Miles Perkin (Can) - Doublebass
Nils Os

echtzeitmusiktage - final concert

30 Sep 2010 - 21:00

final concert

Annette Krebs (laptop, speakers)
Sabine Vogel (flutes, electronics)
Magda Mayas (clavinet)
Andrea Ermke (sampler, md-players)
Anat Cohavi (reeds)
Felicity Mangan (cd-players, speake

Jeffery, Mayas, Thomas, Buck

29 Apr 2011 - 21:00
Jeffery, Mayas, Thomas, Buck

Hilary Jeffery, trombone
Magda Mayas, clavinet & piano
Clayton Thomas, double bass
Tony Buck, drums

Diatribes/Mayas+Lettow/Erel/Heenan+Andrea Parkins

25 Nov 2011 - 22:00
25 Nov 2011 - 23:59
Andrea Parkins

Diatribes: Cyril Bondi - drums, d'incise - laptop, objects + Magda Mayas - (prepared) piano, el. piano

Andrea Parkins - electric accordion, objects, electronics

Gunnar Lettow - el. bass, objects, Korhan Erel - live electronics, Chris Heenan - saxofone, doublebass clarinet

sun - Mayas/Lauzier/Myhr/Buck - Nude on Sand

2 May 2012 - 21:00
sun

sun: Nils Ostendorf, Laurent Bruttin, Mike Majkowski

Mayas/Lauzier/Myhr/Buck
: Magda Mayas, Philippe Lauzier, Kim Myhr, Tony Buck

Nude on Sand: Jenny Hval, Håvard Volden

Rhythm Complication 2012/I

7 Sep 2012 - 20:30
Clayton Thomas and Burkhard Beins

A bass & drums duo and two solos

Clayton Thomas – double bass
Burkhard Beins – drums and percussion
+
Chris Abrahams – dx7 solo
Magda Mayas – grand piano solo

piano sololala I

14 Sep 2012 - 20:00
Anthony Pateras performing on a prepared piano in the Junee Railway Roundhouse workshop  &copy; Bestimmte Rechte vorbehalten von <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/infetel/">bureau.infetel </a>
Peter Ablinger
Peter Ablinger: weiss/weisslich 2a
Josef Matthias Hauer
Anthony Pateras
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 14 No.1 in E Major (1798)
Anthony Pateras: Bleed Don't Block (2012)
Magda  Mayas
Solo Improvisation
Béla Bartók: 14 Bagatellen , Op. 6, Nr 4 und Nr 1
Andrea Neumann
Solo Improvisation
Robert Schumann

Eintritt: 8,00 €
Einlass (Doors): 20:00, Beginn 20:30

Bergljot + Mayas/Boubaker/Thomas

20 Apr 2013 - 20:30
20 Apr 2013 - 21:00

TRIO MAYAS/BOUBAKER/THOMAS
Magda Mayas - Piano
Heddy Boubaker - Modular synth
Clayton Thomas - Doublebass

BERGLJOT (NO/CZ)
Vojtech Prochazka - piano, organ, synths, electronics
Adrian Myhr - electric bass
Tore Sandbakken - drums, percussions

Doors 20:30 / start 21:00

Andrea Parkins/Mayas/Gratkowski/Buck

20 Nov 2013 - 20:00
20 Nov 2013 - 23:59
Andrea Parkins
Andrea Parkins/Magda Mayas/Frank Gratkowski/Tony Buck

Compass Festival Day 1

29 Nov 2013 - 20:00
Raed Yassin

Doors 20:00, Beginn 21:00

  • Raed Yassin (double bass) , Hanna Hartman (sound art, performance)
  • Magda Mayas (piano) , Axel Dörner (trumpet), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet)
  • Andrea Neumann (inside piano piano/ mixing desk), Sharif Sehnaoui (guitar), Michael Vorfeld (percussion)

Compass Festival Day 3

1 Dec 2013 - 21:00
Scrambled Eggs
  • A trio - Sharif Sehnaoui (guitar), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Raed Yassin (bass)
  • JD Zazie (turntables), Tony Elieh (e-bass)
  • Collaboration:
    Scrambled Eggs - Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Tony Buck
    Transmit  - Tony Buck, Magda Mayas, Brendan Dougherty, James Welburn

 

Great Waitress + Daniel Puig: Nàrwal

18 Jan 2014 - 20:30

Great Waitress: Magda Mayas – piano, Laura Altman – clarinet, Monika Brooks – accordion

Daniel Puig – live-electronics, sensors: Nàrwal

Colophony minus one, add one, plus four equals

8 May 2014 - 20:30
Jon Rose

Colophony minus one, add one, plus four equals

Jon Rose – violins, Meinrad Kneer – double bass, Axel Doerner – trumpet, Steve Heather – drums, percussion, Richard Scott – electronics, Magda Mayas – piano

Berangere Maximin: Lovesick /// + Magda Mayas

26 Sep 2014 - 20:30
Berangere Maximin / (c) www.berangeremaximin.com

Berangere Maximin presents her new programme/album 'Lovesick' (sound objects, microphonics, digital chimeras, voice) ///

2nd set:
Duo - Berangere Maximin (laptop, voice, sound objects) + Magda Mayas (prepared piano)

Doors 20:30h, Start 21:30h

Magda Mayas / Michael Thieke / Michael Zerang

13 Dec 2014 - 20:00
Mayas Zerang Thieke using photos by Peter Gannushkin and Mark PoKempner

Magda Mayas - clavinet
Michael Zerang - drums
Michael Thieke - clarinet

Doors 20:00, Beginn 21:00

Bohman & Caddy // Mayas & Stamou & Parkins

2 Apr 2015 - 20:00
Bohman & Caddy // Mayas & Stamou & Parkins

Adam Bohman (amplified table, objects, text)
Anthea Caddy (amplified cello)

Tasos Stamou (prepared zither & handmade electronics)
Andrea Parkins (acc/electronics)
Magda Mayas (p)
 
doors: 20:00, start: 21:00

 

Felicie Bazelaire//Yuri Leiderman//Magda Mayas

15 Apr 2015 - 20:00
15 Apr 2015 - 23:59
Cabbage

Felicie Bazelaire (FR) performs "The Misfit" for solo cello, Yuri Leiderman (UA/DE) presents a lecture and short film, and Magda Mayas (DE) performs solo on prepared piano. 

Brutter / SPILL

13 Dec 2015 - 20:00
Brutter &copy; Carsten Aniksdal & SPILL

Brutter

Christian Wallumrød - Drum Machine / Keyboard
Frederik Wallumrød - Schlagzeug mit Elektronik

SPILL

Magda Mayas - Klavier
Tony Buck - drums

doors 20:00 / beginn 21:00

Anker/Mayas + Ernst/Gartmayer/dieb13

9 Apr 2016 - 20:30

Lotte Anker saxophones
Magda Mayas piano

Susanna Gartmayer bass clarinet
Katharina Ernst drums
dieb13 turntables