Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser

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Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser

Bio//

 

Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser is a performer, improviser and composer, specialising in performing and composing new works for piano (solo and chamber), live electronics and multi-disciplinary ensembles. She has participated in numerous venues and events across Europe such as Greyfriarks Kirk (Edinburgh), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Piano Festival 2016-2018, soloist with St Bartholomew’s Chamber Orchestra (London), Tanthem Live (immersive & improvised theatre, London),  solo performance to the ambassador of the EU (Brussels), Bozsok Music Festival (Budapest) and in the Steinway Gallery (Cyprus) where she was also featured on national radio. Maya-Leigh is one of the founding members of Equinox & THIS THUS, two multi-disciplinary improvisational ensembles, and New Woods Collective, a wind trio specialising in specially commissioned repertoire for bass Clarinet, flute/piccolo, piano and electronics. 

 

Maya-Leigh studied under Jonathan Plowright at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for her undergraduate degree. Currently, she is a Leverhulme Trust scholar, undertaking her second year of Masters in Contemporary Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the tutelage of Rolf Hind and Douglas Finch. Maya-Leigh is heavily involved in the contemporary piano department at Trinity, having participated in masterclasses with Megumi Masaki, Ikuko Inoguchi and Pascal Roge, showcasing not only 20th century repertoire, but also newly commissioned works written for her and her own improvisation-based composition ‘Landlines’. She took a prominent part in the 2019 New Lights Piano Festival, showcasing 20th century repertoire, free improvisation and works to fixed media. She has also been invited to play with Trinity’s Contemporary Music Group, premiering works by Trinity’s tutors. During the summer of 2020, she has been invited by Megumi Masaki to perform in Casalmaggiore’s Contemporary Music Festival as well as the European Clarinet Festival 2020, where she will be performing works from her debut album with her trio, New Woods Collective.

 

Education//Private Tuition

Maya-Leigh is also dedicated to providing outstanding education to people of all ages and abilities. She is a private piano teaching with students ranging from aged 4 to adults! She regularly leads improvisation & composition classes and workshops in and around London. For more enquires contact Maya-Leigh via email or any of her social media platforms. 

 

 EQUINOX

 

Equinox is an improvisation collective based in the UK consisting of Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser, Georgios Kypridemos and Taner Kemirtlek. Their multi-layered approach to music exists in the intersection between classical music and contemporary experimentalism.

Maya-Leigh, Georgios and Taner all studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Georgios and Maya studied piano performance whilst Taner studied composition. By using electronics, keyboard and their own collected orchestra of miscellaneous instruments, they explore subjects such as mental health, contemporary British culture, identity and love.

On the 26th of June 2019, Equinox released their debut album: 'Ascending' which includes improvisation based compositions that were each written by different members of Equinox. They have been fortunate enough to receive funding and have been working on a number of collaborations with film makers, animators and other fellow composers and improvisers. For more information on Equinox's current projects, recordings and videos, click on the Spotify, Itunes and YouTube icons on the home page.
 

(Artwork: Ofra Rosenwasser)

 

NEW WOODS COLLECTIVE

The New Woods Collective is a woodwind trio specialisng in contemporary repertoire. The trio formed during Autumn 2018 and consists of Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser, Hannah Shilvock (Bass Clarinet) and Christina Alishaw (Flute/Piccolo).

Since forming in 2018, New Woods Collective has performed at the Old Royal Naval Court Chapel, New Lights Piano Festival and St Alfege Church, where they premiered the works of David Bennett Thomas, Piet Ketting, Mathieu Robert and James Hurst. Currently they are working on a programme of contemporary repertoire that has been commissioned for them by new and emerging composers. They will be showcasing these works in their debut album, Branches, which will be released in Autumn 2020, along with an album lunch and UK tour. In August, they will perform in their first overseas festival at the European Clarinet Festival 2020 in Györ, Hungary, 

New Woods Collective are available for both recitals and collaborations with composers and other art forms. For enquires message on any of Maya-Leigh's social media platforms.

 

THIS THUS

THIS THUS formed in summer 2019, when their interests in experimental, innovative and artistic performance practice brought them together at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. They have performed in several new music festivals including Rude Health: A festival of new music, New Lights Contemporary Piano festival and most recently, Sounds Like THIS 2020 in Leeds College of Music. 

We created our duo with an equal passion for innovative, experimental and artistic performance practice. We are dedicated to free improvisation, as well as creating works and dealing with concepts which can explore our dynamic not only as a pianist and cellist, but as improvisers working with percussive instruments, our voices and how electronics can interplay with our practice. We are also active composers and are in the process of devising new material for THIS THUS. We have been fortunate enough to receive funding for several recordings from the Colin Blythe award; With this grant, THIS THUS will be recording several improvisations and contemporary pieces during the upcoming months. THIS THUS are available for performances and improvisation workshops. For enquires contact THIS THUS through this website or through their Facebook: THIS THUS or Instagram: @thisthusnewmusic

 

Highlights of Previous Work

2016-present//

July 2016 - Solo recital in Kyriakides Steinway Gallery in Nicosia, Cyprus. Promoted and featured on Cypriot national radio.

April & July 2017 - Performance of Haydn Piano Concerto in D with St Bartholomew Chamber Orchestra, London. Subsequently invited back as a featured soloist in their summer concert in 2017 where she played a works by Liszt, Mozart and Scarlatti.

March 2016-2018 - Fitkin Piano Quartet - Performances of multi piano works by Graham Fitkin and David Hamilton at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Piano Festivals for three consecutive years.

December 2018 - Invited to play with Trinity Laban Chamber Orchestra for 'Trinity Laban's production of A Christmas Carol' by Thea Musgrave.

January 2019 - Solo recital at the Old Royal Naval Court Chapel, London. Programme consisted of works by Takemitsu, James Hurst, Graham Fitkin, Rolf Hind and Diana Burrel.

February 2019 - New Woods Collective's debut recital at the Old Royal Naval Court Chapel, London.

March 2019 - Immersive theatre performance for actors, movement and talking pianist in Shoreditch, London. Production by Tanthem.

April 2019 - Equinox recital at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh playing works by Graham Fitkin and trio improvisations.

June 2019 - Featured pianist in New Lights Piano Festival playing works by Nicole Lizee, Rolf Hind, Webern, Judith Weir, Anne Boyd, & large ensemble improvisations.

June 2019 - Solo recital in St George the Martyr, London. Programme consisted of works by Messiaen, George Crumb, and improvisations.

June 2019 - Performance with Trinity Laban's Contemporary Music Group. Sam Hayden's Chorale for David for Cello, Clarinet, Vibraphone and Piano.

August 2019 - Equinox recital at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh playing works written by members of Equinox including the premiere of Maya-Leigh's composition: Landlines

November 2019 - Trinity Laban Masterclasses with Megumi Masaki and Ikuko Inoguchi, performing works by Takemitsu, Michael Clulow and Maya-Leigh's own work.

November 2019 - New Woods Collective feat. Susanna Mcrae, London, performing works by Cooke, Copland, Schubert and Clulow at the Old Royal Naval Court Chapel & The Bakehouse Theatre, Blackheath.

 

December 2019 - THIS THUS debut recital: Perceptions, St George the Martyr London, Roxanna Albayati and Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser's debut recital together as experimental duo This Thus (;). 

 

March 2020 - THIS THUS performs Sounds Like THIS festival 2020, Leeds College of Music, Leeds. THIS THUS performed an ecclectic set of improvisations and compositions by Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser at Sounds Like THIS contemporary music festival. 

 

 

VIDEOS 

2017-present//

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CONCERT DATES  

Tickets/links will be linked to calendar closer to the time of the concerts and information will also be given across all social media platforms!

CONTACT

 

Bookings for performances, workshops and private tuition//

Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser (including bookings for New Woods Collective & THIS THUS) : maya-leigh.r18@edu.trinitylaban.ac.uk

Equinox: equinoximprov@gmail.com

 

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