Magda Mayas is a pianist living in Berlin working in the field of contemporary, improvised music.
Over the past 15 years she developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself.
Mayas explores textural, linear sound collage, and has developed a set of extended 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.
The extended techniques are not so much preparations in the Cagean sense, which involves a fixed set up for specific pieces, but a flexible one where all preparations are instantaneously accessible and movable, thus adaptable to different pianos, the acoustics of different concert spaces and musical requirements.
Alongside the piano, Mayas has 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.
The real-time orchestration of timbre, exploration of instrumental colour and textures, (both in solo and ensemble contexts) have been the main concern of her work to date.
Magda Mayas has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia and Lebanon and collaborated with many leading figures in improvisation and composers such as John Butcher, Peter Evans, Annette Krebs, Andy Moor, Ikue Mori, Phill Niblock, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner.
Photo by Peter Gannushkin