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    MIT Names Cellist Maya Beiser Inaugural Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

    As the inaugural Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist this year, Maya Beiser will collaborate with MIT faculty and students to investigate ways to advance her artistic practice with new technologies.

    On March 3, Maya will perform composer and MIT CAST Faculty Director Evan Ziporyn’s startling new version of the complete Blackstar, David Bowie’s last album, arranged as a cello concerto, as part of the MIT Sounding concert series. More information and tickets here.

    Read the full press release here.

     

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    Maya featured in The Guardian

    Maya talks about art, fashion, not conforming to predictable molds and her concert at London’s Kings Place on February 10.

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    Washington Post reviews TranceClassical: “A Cellist’s Solo Trance”

    Maya received a raving review from the Washington Post, which described how “amid all the electronics, ‘TranceClassical’ takes on something of an Old World devotional tone. Bach’s sublime ‘Air,’ with a scratchy LP effect placed loudly underneath, opens the album, while Beiser’s ethereal arrangement of ‘O Virtus Sapientiae,’ by the medieval abbess Hildegard von Bingen, seals it serenely.”

    They went on to quote maya, saying “’I hope to arrive at new territories to discover sounds I have never heard before,’ Beiser told her TED audience. With ‘TranceClassical,’ she has arrived at her destination.”

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    Maya performs at (Le) Poisson Rouge September 13th!

    Maya performs at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City this September. The show will feature music off her new album TranceClassical which is out now!

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    Order TranceClassical on iTunes and Amazon

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    TranceClassical is Q2 Music Album of the Week

    Maya’s latest album TranceClassical is Album of the Week on Q2 Music. Reviewed by WQXR‘s Zoë Madonna, TranceClassical is described as “short enough to take with you through the streets, or on the subway. Pick one and adjust your walk, slow your breathing, move to a different beat. Your heart will thank you.”

    Read the full review.

    TranceClassical is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

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    TranceClassical Reviewed by The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal recently published a stellar review of Maya’s latest album TranceClassical, describing it as ”a philosophical retrospective and a career-spanning playlist” where “she unites her interests with characteristic flair.” WSJ writer Martin Johnson also describes Maya’s cover of Lou Reed’s Heroin, arranged by David Lang, as “similarly fascinating…. most of the Velvets’ catalog is rarely covered, but Ms. Beiser makes the piece her own, escaping its long shadow.”

    Read the full review.

    TranceClassical is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

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    TranceClassical hits #1 on Apple Music

    Maya’s latest album TranceClassical premiered on Apple Music last Friday. The album hit number one on iTunes Classical charts, along with her rendition of Lou Reed’s “Heroin”.  TranceClassical will be released this coming Friday, July 29th, and is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon!

     

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    TranceClassical Reviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Maya’s TranceClassical is reviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as one of this week’s “Classical picks. Writer David Patrick Stearns describes the album as “the latest wide-ranging collection of up-to-the-minute composers.” He describes Maya’s cello as “augmented with all manner of high-tech studio wizardry” and praises her “guest stars that yield orchestral-size textures”.

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    NPR Music: First Watch premieres Maya Beiser’s “Air”

    NPR Music: First Watch premieres Maya’s first video for her upcoming album TranceClassical, out July 29 on Innova Recordings. In Bach’s Air, Maya plays with the concepts of time and memory as two dancers move to her arrangement of the second movement from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2. NPR writes, “She turns the clock back to her childhood — to the days of snuggling with a blanket on the sofa, hearing Bach’s music for the first time off a scratchy old LP… In the midst of all the new music that Beiser commissions and performs, Bach, she says, is her ‘artistic mooring.’”

    Watch Air here.

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    Announcing a new album from Maya Beiser: TranceClassical

    Maya will release her next album, TranceClassical, worldwide on July 29, 2016 on Innova Recordings. She explores music for cello that entrances, transforms and transcends boundaries, styles, and centuries. TranceClassical includes selections by as wide an array of composers as is imaginable, brought to common ground by Maya’s unique artistic vision – J.S. Bach, Michael Gordon, Imogen Heap, Glenn Kotche, Lou Reed/David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Mohammed Fairouz, David T. Little, and Hildegard von Bingen, plus arrangements created by Maya.

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    Bach’s Air from the album is streaming now on Apple Music:

     

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    Maya Beiser named 2015 United States Distinguished Fellow in Music

    The avant-garde musician is one of 37 visual artists, actors, writers, musicians, architects and craftsmen, selected from 400 nominees resident in the US, to receive the prize this year.

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    NY Times Rave Review for Maya’s “ALL VOWS” Sold Out Run at BAM Next Wave

    “Flourishes of the sacred and profane,” her website promised of the performance, and she delivered all that and more.

    “Consummate virtuosity….
    Ms. Beiser’s performance was riveting and thoroughly wedded to the idiom, just as her earlier rock-outs and reverential meditations had been.”  – The New York Times

     

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    A titanic channeling of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.” – Boston Globe

    “This wasn’t anything that should be called crossover, cello-rock, or any other portmanteau genre. It was hard rock, full stop.” “Whether plucking out Kurt Cobain’s rhythmic intro from “Lithium” or emphatically bowing an extended solo in Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” that was all drama, Beiser proved to be a fully expressive performer. She rocked convincingly one minute and teased out lyricisms another.”

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    LVMH’s Nowness Features Labyrinth Installation Concertos: Room No. 35

    Maya Beiser and composer Paola Prestini collaborate to create a “classical composition re-imagined for the tech generation.”

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    The Washington Post Raves about Maya Beiser’s “All Vows”

    “the reigning queen of the avant-garde cello…unstoppable force, deepening and expanding with irresistible energy, and by the climax Beiser was filling the hall with a vast ecstatic ocean of sound.”

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    “Uncovered” is Number 1 on the iTunes Classical Chart!

     

    Maya Beiser’s Uncovered reaches number 1 on iTunes classical chart. Uncovered is available for download on iTunes now.

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    A Brilliant Cellist Embraces the Devil’s Music

    “Today on The Gist, cellist Maya Beiser tells us how her rebellious streak led her out of the classical concert hall and into the arms of classic rock. Her new album is called Uncovered.”

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    “Uncovered triumphs!” Wall Street Journal CD Review

    “In Ms. Beiser’s hands the cello can capture a wide range of voices, and with multitracking it can effect the sound of a power chord. On “Uncovered,” the cellist plays classic rock with the unbridled passion that she brings to her other repertoire; she doesn’t cover Sly Stone on this recording but she wants to take us higher.”

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    Praise for “Uncovered” from San Francisco Chronicle

    “With this electrifying disc, the avant-grade cello virtuoso Maya Beiser transforms herself into something of a rock ‘n’ roll diva.”

    -San Francisco Chronicle

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    Cellist Maya Beiser Channels Kurt Cobain and Other Rockers in “Uncovered”

    “Recently, Ms. Beiser sat in her living room, demonstrating the practical differences between classical and rock…’All of this insane perfectionism that we’re taught, none of that exists in rock.’ said Ms. Beiser, hugging her instrument. ‘Each and every artist on this album is anything but formulaic,’ she said. ‘I think this music is just as valuable and important as Bach and Schubert.’”

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    Cellist Maya Beiser embraces her inner rock star

    “Maya Beiser has maintained a hold on audiences as an iconoclastic, charismatic rock star of the cello world for years, from her time as a founding member of new music collective Bang on a Can to her recent performance as the star of “Elsewhere,” dubbed a “cello opera” in which she embodied the suffering of women over centuries.” 

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    Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Reviews Maya Beiser’s “Uncovered”

    “Ziporyn and Beiser create nothing short of brilliant music out of it all.”

    “One of the best of rock and the new classics I’ve heard…an organic totality built out of love and respect for the two stylistic universes, love for the songs, and genuine talent.”

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    Blogcritic’s Music Review: Maya Beiser’s “Uncovered”

    “…an exceptional mix of elemental energy and tasteful musical originality…a serious journey into the heart of serious rock.”

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    Cellist Maya Beiser Returns to San Francisco to Perform “Uncovered”

    Israeli-born cellist Maya Beiser will be returning to San Francisco next month, following up on the two-night run of her All Vows program at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) this past March… Read More…

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    Flavorwire Premiere: Cellist Maya Beiser Transforms Nirvana’s “Lithium” into Ferocious Classical Music

    “Brilliant cellist Maya Beiser’s re-imaginations of rock and roll hits deserve the kind of mainstream recognition Kronos Quartet’s covers of Sigur Rós and the Pixies have received.”  Read more…

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    Rave Reviews for “All Vows” San Francisco Premiere

    “The energy of an arena show…with tenderness and lyricism that can be almost heartbreaking…Her playing has a muscular weight and integrity…and she lavishes a combination of technical agility and expressive eloquence…”

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    Maya is featured on the BBC network

    Maya Beiser- Making Classical Music Sexy and Smart…The dazzling cellist wants to create music that moves you – and makes you move. Clemency Burton-Hill takes a glimpse inside her concert hall revolution….”
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    Maya in The Jewish Chronicle

    “I needed to find something that appeals to my generation; to take that remarkable tradition and connect it to who we are now as people. I wanted to take the cello into new realms. We have to keep moving forward. We have to keep creating wonderful art, otherwise we’ll die.” .…Read more…

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    Maya at Rubin Museum Brainwave Series

    Tickets are on sale now for Maya’s performance on January 11th at the Rubin Museum’s Brainwave Series! Maya is honored to share the series with some of her favorite artists, including Isabella Rossellini, Wendy Whelan and Giancarlo Esposito.

     

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    Linked Verse: An Intermedia 3D Concert

    Linked Verse: An Intermedia 3D Concert Experience.

    Maya Beiser with the OpenEndedGroup

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    Maya on the West Coast

    Maya just appeared with the Santa Rosa Symphony, performing in Osvaldo Golijov’s Mariel and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, and now Beiser is heading to Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, where on Dec. 7 and 8, she will participate in the world premiere of Linked Verse

    Read more from the San Francisco Classical Voice

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    Maya and Donal Fox rock the Spiegeltent @ Bard SummerScape

     

    Maya and Donal played to a packed house at Bard SummerScape’s Spiegeltent. They performed imaginative rearrangements of the music of Astor Piazzola and Bach.

    Maya’s interview on WAMC

    Review in Roll Magazine

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    NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    Music by Osvaldo Golijov and Michael Harrison
    Released on June 29th 2013
    View Maya’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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    ICASTICA 2013 International Women’s Art Biennial

    Maya was a featured guest at ICASTICA 2013, an international festival celebrating women artists working alongside such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Isabella Rossellini, and Shirin Neshat. She performed in the Piazza San Domenico in Arezzo, Italy.

     

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    Festival d’Autonome a Paris

    Maya is featured in an art film by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Caldazilla performing music by David Lang. It will be premiered at the Festival d’Autonome a Paris in September.

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    Maya Records After Earth Soundtrack

    Maya continues her collaboration with film composer James Newton Howard in After Earth.