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Magda Mayas is a pianist and curator currently based in Berlin, Germany. Mayas studied jazz and improvisation at Universität der Künste, Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2001 under Misha Mengelberg and completed a diploma at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under Georg Graewe in 2005. During this time she began developing a specific set of techniques for inside-piano performance. Mayas has concentrated her musical investigations on the piano and its sonic possibilities, utilizing extended techniques, amplification and preparations as a process of abstraction, whilst focusing on the physicality of both internal and external parts of the piano.
As a continuation of this research Mayas founded the festival Tasten-Berliner Klaviertage featuring contemporary and innovative approaches for the piano. Mayas performs internationally in a variety of roles as interpreter, solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers: in a duo with Tony Buck, in the trio Phono Phono with Michael Renkel and Sabine Vogel, the Quartet Mayas/Nutters/ Olsen/Glavez and as part of the Amsterdam based N-Collective. She has appeared in various festivals including The Total Music Meeting, Konfrontationen and Festival of Exiles. Over the years Mayas has performed with many leading figures in improvisation such as Johannes Bauer, Wilbert de Joode, Steve Heather, Annette Krebs, Christoph Kurzmann, Andy Moore, Thomas Lehn,Tristan Honsinger, Frank Gratkowski and Michael Moore.
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