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Magda Mayas (prepared piano), Tony Buck (drums).

“From the very first sounds they made and all the way to the final tones of the encore, these two were in perfect balance throughout. Tightly intertwined at the level of both the sonic material they pursued and the rhythmic pointillism with which they went about their journey, they stunned me into wide-eyed, open-mouthed attention.” -Konfrontationen, Austria 2007

Pianist Magda Mayas is one of Berlin's leading experimental musicians. She has performed for audiences around the world, exploring the potential both inside and outside of her instrument using innovative techniques and effects to great critical acclaim.

She plays alongside legendary Australian drummer/percussionist Tony Buck who is a founding member of ‘The Necks’ and '90s Japanese improv/rock band Peril.

Playing together since 2003, Buck and Mayas have performed in Europe, USA, Australia, and Lebanon.

Magda Mayas (piano)

Magda is a pianist and curator currently based in Berlin, Germany. Mayas studied jazz and improvisation at Universität der Künste, Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2001 under Misha Mengelberg and completed a diploma at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under Georg Graewe in 2005. During this time she began developing a specific set of techniques for inside-piano performance. Mayas has concentrated her musical investigations on the piano and its sonic possibilities, utilising extended techniques, amplification and preparations as a process of abstraction, whilst focusing on the physicality of both internal and external parts of the piano. As a continuation of this research Mayas founded the festival Tasten-Berliner Klaviertage featuring contemporary and innovative approaches for the piano. (

Mayas performs internationally in a variety of roles as interpreter, solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers: in a duo with Tony Buck, in a Duo with Christine Sehnaoui, the Quartet Mayas/ Nutters/ Olsen/Galvez and as part of the Amsterdam based N-Collective.

Over the years Mayas has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia and Lebanon with many leading figures in improvisation such as Andy Moore, Annette Krebs, Andrea Neumann, Axel Dörner, Michael Zerang, Johannes Bauer, Christoph Kurzmann, Thomas Lehn,Tristan Honsinger and Frank Gratkowski.

Tony Buck (drums)
Tony is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. He has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects but is probably best known around the world as a member of the trio The Necks.

Following studies and early experience in Australia he spent time in Japan, where he formed Peril with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki before relocating to Europe in the mid-nineties.

Some of the more high profile projects he has been involved with include the band Kletka Red, and touring and recording with, among others, The Ex, The Exiles, and Corchestra, and involvement with most of the international improvisation and new music community and festivals.

He also creates video works for use with live music performance and has had pieces shown in Tokyo, Belfast, Berlin, New York and Sydney.

Current projects include long standing duos with Axel Doerner and Magda Mayas; New York based trios "Glacial" (with David Watson and Lee renaldo); "The Fell Clutch" (with Ned Rothenberg, Stomu Takeshi and Davd Tronzo); Berlin based "Heaven And" and "Asiplusband (with Asi Foecker and Andy Moor) and "project/Transmit" (a guitar driven post-rock project based in Sydney and Berlin)

Daniel Beban

Playing the opening set is prolific Wellington musician Daniel Beban. Daniel performs throughout the land in the Orchestra of Spheres, The Mantarays and Sign of the Hag and runs performance nights and public programmes at the Frederick St Sound and Light Exploration Society.

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