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Magda Mayas

Magda Mayas by Peter Gannushkin


Magda Mayas - piano, clavinet, composition


Magda Mayas, born 1979, is a pianist and 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 in Fine Arts from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Since 2019, she is the program coordinator and teaches improvisation at Luzern University of applied Sciences and Arts.

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 a member of 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, George Lewis, Andy Moor, Eddie Prévost, Phill Niblock, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Hamid Drake, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Ken Vandermark, Okkyung Lee, Nic Collins, Elliot Sharp, Maja Ratkje and Chris Corsano.

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).

Magda Mayas was awarded a residency at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles in 2016 and at the Montalvo Arts Centre, USA in 2017 and 2019. She co curated the Festival “Music Unlimited” in Wels, Austria, in 2019 together with Kazu Uchihashi and Joe McPhee. Additionally, she has been producing radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and released over 30 CDS to date.


..Magda Mayas has expanded the language for internal piano music making”

Peter Margasak, Downbeat Magazine, 2010


"'s hard to believe that it's a recording of solo piano music. Mayas' training as a classical musician has helped her develop a highly attuned sense of touch for the keyboard, which is still in evidence but now extends to the percussive treatment of strings, arresting control of attack and resonance, and the real-time orchestration of timbres…she's developed an approach to the piano that grapples with the entire instrument, from strings to soundboard, keys to frame…" Michael Rosenstein - Paris transatlantic magazine


"It 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

"Put together, it's an exhilarating sonic brew: after her introductory drones disperse, the music flies with cartoon-like velocity. Metrically intricate, brittle patterns ricochet against the

instrument casing like it's a pinball machine, strings twanging together like the expressive tuning of a blues guitarist. Towards the finish, keyboard harmonies get more empathically struck – Mayas began with the future and has worked back to the instrument we already know." Phillip Clark, The Wire

Klavier Quartett

4 May 2008 - 21:00 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

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: Nils Ostendorf, Laurent Bruttin, Mike Majkowski

: 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="">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

Magda Mayas - Piano
Heddy Boubaker - Modular synth
Clayton Thomas - Doublebass

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)

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

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


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


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

Mayas/Abdelnour/de Heney + Lisbon Berlin Trio

4 May 2018 - 20:30

Magda Mayas – piano, Christine Abdelnour – saxophone, Nina de Heney – double bass

Lisbon Berlin Trio: Luis Lopes – guitar, Rodrigo Pinheiro – fender rhodes electric piano, Christian Lillinger – drums

Mayas / Wallumröd /// Brown / Gratkowski

29 Nov 2018 - 20:00
Mayas / Wallumröd /// Brown / Gratkowski

1. Set
Christian Wallumröd - keyboards, electronics
Magda Mayas - piano, clavinet

2. Set

Frank Gratkowski sax,cl, flute
Chris Brown  piano, electronics

doors: 20:00 start: 21:00

NI-VU-NI-CONNU presents John Butcher – Day 2

30 Nov 2019 - 20:30
Foto John Butcher by Andy Moor, Foto trio unknown

NI-VU-NI-CONNU presents John Butcher

John Butcher; Liz Allbee; Marta Zapparoli; Ignaz Schick

Vellum: John Butcher; Magda Mayas;Tony Buck

CANCELLED: Dans Les Arbres & Jane in Ether

17 Apr 2020 - 20:30
Dans Les Arbres & Jane in Ether &copy; Eve Lagger and Jane in Ether


Dans Les Arbres: Christian Wallumrød; Xavier Charles; Ivar Grydeland; Ingar Zach;

Jane in Ether: Miako Klein; Magda Mayas; Biliana Voutchkova;

CANCELLED: Jane in Ether // Annette Krebs

12 Nov 2020 - 19:30
12 Nov 2020 - 22:30

CANCELLED: biegungen visit studioboerne45

Miako Klein – Blockflöte / Pätzold; Magda Mayas – Klavier; Biliana Voutchkova – Violine, Stimme

Annette Krebs 




4 Dec 2020 - 18:30

biegungen visits studioboerne45:

Celebrating 20 Years of Irtijal

Tag/Day 1


5 Dec 2020 - 18:30

biegungen visits studioboerne45:

Celebrating 20 Years of Irtijal

Tag/Day 2

biegungen presents: irtijal berlin 20/21 – day 2

9 Oct 2021 - 19:00
9 Oct 2021 - 23:59
biegungen presents irtijal berlin 20/21 by Mazen Kerbaj

Christine Abdelnour, Burkhard Beins, Tony Buck, Paed Conca, Axel Dörner, Tony Elieh, Ali Hout, JD Zazie, Mazen Kerbaj, Abed Kobeissy, Andrew Lafkas, Magda Mayas, Aya Metwalli, Andrea Parkins, Youmna Saba, Sharif Sehnaoui, Fadi Tabbal, Liz Tabet, Michael Thieke, Michael Vorfeld, Biliana Voutchkova, Ute Wassermann & Raed Yassin

GLAS: Beins, Mayas, Dafeldecker // Lorenz: Satie

22 Oct 2021 - 20:00
22 Oct 2021 - 23:00
© Sascha Lorenz privat / Danny Gromfin

biegungen visit studioboerne45

GLAS: Magda Mayas – piano,  Werner Dafeldecker – double bass, Burkhard Beins – percussion // Sascha Lorenz plays Erik Satie


14 May 2022 - 20:30
By Sofi Hemon; Tony Elieh

Jane in Ether: Miako Klein – recorders / paetzold; Magda Mayas – piano; Biliana Voutchkova – violin, voice -- Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker: Canti di Guerra, di Lavoro e d’Amore (Songs of War, Work and Love) Silvia Tarozzi voice, violin; Deborah Walker voice, cello

Paroxysm / Das B.

15 Sep 2023 - 20:30
15 Sep 2023 - 23:59
Das B. © by Tony Elieh | Paroxysm © by Paroxysm

Doors 20.30 Uhr | Concerts 21 Uhr | Tickets (AK | Box Office) € 10,--

Roy Carroll – electroacoustic media
Werner Dafeldecker – double bass

Das B.
Mazen Kerbaj – trumpet
Magda Mayas – piano
Mike Majkowski – double bass
Tony Buck – drums