Bio in English

Mayiia is a Berlin-based singer, composer, and Handpan player. Coming from a Jazz background, she has been experimenting with different sounds and instruments for over a decade. Whether spoken text, improvised sound, or sung lyrics, Mayiia plays with a wide range of possibilities in her voice; taking influence from different music styles and cultures around the world.

Particularly when she improvises, she creates a distinct way of expressing her deepest feelings through sound. On her new Album “Paint“, she plays the first chromatic handpan that was built in 2018 by Clemens Handschuh from Soulshine Sounds. Since Handpan – Instruments are usually made on one specific scale, this Handpan opened up a whole world of new possibilities and inspired her to accompany her own songs, instead of piano, with the Handpan. This added a harmonious quality to her music.

Melancholic melodies and poetic lyrics transmits her most inward-facing songs. Each song is an inquiry to the mysteries of life, a homage to the bittersweetness of both: the shadow and light of our existence. On “Paint“ Mayiia worked together with eight brilliant guest musicians. Each song features a guest artist with their own unique instrument.

Mayiia plays concerts solo, in duo, or in Trio with percussion and bass. She looks back at a long history of performances in the United States, China, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria. She has composed music for theaters and has worked in genres across several groups, such as Jose Medina Quintana Trio, The Cunninlynguists and Seba Kaapstad.

Her debut Album ‘Paint’ will be released in Spring 2023.

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