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Maya Beiser: Bio

Throughout her adventurous and versatile career, Maya Beiser has redefined the concert experience, creating music that transcends genres with large sonic and visual canvases. New York magazine writes, "Beiser is not the sort of musician who zigzags around the planet playing catalog music for polite and sleepy audiences. She throws down a gauntlet in every program." A featured performer on the world's most prestigious stages, Maya has appeared as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York's Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and BAM, London's Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and South Bank Center, and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. She has collaborated with artists across a wide range of musical styles, including Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Tan Dun, James Newton Howard, and Carter Burwell, among many others.

In 2011, Maya was invited to present at the exclusive TED conference. Her TEDtalk performance has been watched by close to one million people and translated to 32 languages. In summer 2013, she was a featured guest alongside such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Isabella Rossellini, and Shirin Neshat at ICASTICA 2013, an international festival celebrating women artists working in all artistic fields in Arezzo, Italy.

Maya's vast discography, released on Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Koch (now E1), Innova, and Cantaloupe labels, include five solo albums and many studio recordings and film music collaborations. Her 2010 album Provenance topped the classical and world music charts on both Amazon and iTunes. Maya's latest recording, Time Loops, was selected among NPR's top 10 recordings of 2012. Collaborating with renowned film composer James Newton Howard, Maya is the featured soloist on several film's soundtracks including M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters, Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond, Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, and M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth.

Maya has conceived, performed and produced her critically acclaimed multimedia concerts, including World To Come, which premiered as part of the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall; Almost Human, a collaboration with visual artist Shirin Neshat; and Provenance, which forms the basis of her best selling album. Top New York critics have consistently chosen her Carnegie Hall concerts on their "Best Of The Year" lists. Maya's 2012 production, Elsewhere: A CelloOpera, premiered at Carolina Performing Arts followed by a sold-out run at the BAM Next Wave Festival. Elsewhere is an imaginative retelling of the Biblical legend of Lot's wife, created by Maya with director Robert Woodruff. Maya's latest project All Vows explores the dichotomy between the physical, external world we inhabit and the inner landscape of our secret selves. It premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in March 2014 and features the music from Uncovered plus works by Michael Gordon and Michael Harrison, both with original film by Bill Morrison, as well as music by Glenn Kotche, David T. Little, and Mohammed Fairouz.

Maya Beiser is a graduate of Yale University. Her major teachers were Aldo Parisot, Uzi Weizel, Alexander Schneider, and Isaac Stern. Maya was the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars. She is managed by Opus 3 Artists.

1 I Was There  
2 Memories  
3 Mar De Leche  
4 Only Breath  
5 Kashmir  
Maya Beiser 'Kashmir' Official Music Video
Maya Beiser and her cello(s) - TED Talks
Maya Beiser plays Osvaldo Golijov's Mariel for NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Innova Recordings is proud to announce the release of Maya Beiser's fifth solo album, Provenance. Beiser, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the virtuosic queen of the post-minimalist cello," has commissioned works by contemporary composers from Armenia, Kurdish Iran, Israel, and the US. Provenance means origins,' referring to Beiser's distinctive personal history and the intertwining cultural traditions that course through this stunning disc. On some selections, the rich-hued sound of Beiser's cello is heard on its own; on others, she is accompanied by Lebanese-American master musicians Jamey Haddad (percussion) and Bassam Saba (oud), with percussionist Shane Shanahan.

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