Maiani da Silva

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About

Violinist, performer, and music explorer Maiani da Silva enjoys a richly varied career, feeling equally at home playing in concert halls, recording studios, award shows, breweries, and parked cars. An omnivorous contemporary musician, Maiani is most dedicated to works by living people, and can be found playing percussion, arranging, singing, and even unintentionally interpretive dancing during measures of rest. 

 

Maiani is the violinist with the four-time Grammy-winning Eighth Blackbird, and the co-founder of The Furies, an experimental duo whose mission is to empower the female experience through music and performance art. Both ensembles were featured among other contemporary artists in CAP UCLA’S Tune In Festival 2021.

Most recently, Maiani was a featured soloist with Eighth Blackbird for world premieres of concertos with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the United States Navy Band. 

Maiani has collaborated with various other cutting-edge contemporary artists—both in the contemporary classical realm and beyond—from Louis Andriessen, Ted Hearne, George Lewis, Raven Chacon, Du Yun, to Childish Gambino, Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Julianna Barwick, Taylor Mac, My Brightest Diamond, Rod Stewart, Avery*Sunshine, and Celeste for the 93rd Academy Awards/Oscars 2021, among others.  

Forthcoming recordings include works by David Lang, Jennifer Higdon, Ted Hearne, and Viet Cuong. Past recordings include the album Sweet Land  (The Industry), the Summa Trio (Navona Records/Naxos), Netflix’s Dear White People, When They See Us, as well as Netflix's Naomi Osaka miniseries, among others.​

Not one to shy away from bold interdisciplinary productions and projects, Maiani premiered David Lang's composition as explanation, a staged work for Eighth Blackbird directed by Anne Bogart. As Concertmaster/leader, she also premiered and recorded The Industry's Sweet LandTaylor Mac’s 24 Decade History of Popular Music (premiere and tour), as well as Mac's Holiday Sauce tour. She also performed the West Coast premiere of Ragnar Kjartansson’s Bliss, as part of the L.A. Phil's Fluxus Festival.

In 2021 Maiani joined the faculty of Yale's Department of Music as Lecturer, specializing in the performance of contemporary chamber music. She is also a Fellow at Yale's Morse College.

Maiani studied under the tutelage of Irina Muresanu at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Mela Tenenbaum in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Maiani was born in Bahia, Brazil, grew up in Los Angeles, and also lived in Boston, Mexico City, Paris, and San Francisco before settling in rural Connecticut. Maiani also enjoys playing percussion, dancing, lip-syncing, gardening, reading, learning languages, and having in-person philosophical debates over a delicious glass of wine.