Magda Mayas

Magda Mayas by Peter Gannushkin
Magda Mayas by Steffi Weismann

Magda Mayas – composer, performer, pianist

Magda Mayas, born 1979, is a pianist 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 is currently undertaking PhD studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden investigating timbre and instrumental techniques in improvised music performance. Since 2019, she is teaching 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 the Splitter Orchester Berlin. She 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, Nic Collins, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner.

Festivals and exhibitions include 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.

Additionally, she has been curating in concerts in Berlin and recently at festival “Music Unlimited” in Wels, Austria, 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

"Heartland is great, a real tour de force of solo, entirely acoustic improvisation ( ..... ) 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." Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear

"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

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

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

Dans Les Arbres & Jane in Ether

17 Apr 2020 - 20:00
Dans Les Arbres & Jane in Ether &copy; Eve Lagger and Jane in Ether

Dans Les Arbres

Christian Wallumrød – piano
Xavier Charles – clarinet
Ivar Grydeland – guitar
Ingar Zach – percussion

Jane in Ether

Miako Kleinrecorders / paetzold
Magda Mayas
piano
Biliana Voutchkova
violin / voice