Performance, 19 April 2016
In her performance on the clavinet/pianet, an electric piano from the 1960s with strings and metal chimes, Magda Mayas engages with the visceral sound materials of the instrument, expanding the instrumental sound palette using extended techniques and devices. In the tradition of Cage, Mayas uses preparations and objects in the interior and exterior parts of the piano to explore textural, linear and fast moving sound collages.
Mayas has performed at festivals and exhibitions such as Maerz Musik (2012 and 2015), Documenta (2012) and Berlin Biennale (2014). She also produces radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and has released 20 CDs to date. Currently she is undertaking doctoral studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and investigating extended instrumental techniques, spectral music and psychoacoustics in an improvised music context. Her performance at the Geoff Stern Art Space was a celebration of the release of her solo album ‘Terrain’, released on Gaffer Records.