Brazilian and American violinist Maiani da Silva enjoys a richly varied career, feeling equally at home playing in concert halls, recording studios, breweries, and parked cars. An omnivorous musician, Maiani performs contemporary/cross-over works, and can also occasionally be found playing percussion in an Afro-Brazilian band, and even unintentionally interpretive dancing during measures of rest.
Maiani is the new violinist with Eighth Blackbird, one of the world’s preeminent new music chamber ensembles, and the co-founder of The Furies, an intersectional feminist duo whose mission is to empower the female-identified experience through music and performance art.
Dedicated to celebrating the rich diversity of the music of our time, Maiani has been fortunate to collaborate with various cutting-edge contemporary artists, from members of Bang On A Can All Stars, Wild Up,
The Industry, Shattered Glass, Kinds of Kings, Aperture Duo, L.A. Ballet,
Martha Graham Dance Company, Middle Ear Project, Louis Andriessen,
George Lewis, inti figgis-vizueta, Vanessa Lann, Danny Clay, to Taylor Mac,
Childish Gambino, Joey Arias, Julianna Barwick, My Brightest Diamond,
Rod Stewart, Avery*Sunshine, Kanye West, and Peter Gabriel.
She has also premiered works by Du Yun, Raven Chacon, Elizabeth A. Baker,
Gavin Gamboa, Gemma Peacocke, Nina Shekhar, Hannah Lash, and
Jennifer Bewerse, among others. Forthcoming premieres and premiere recordings include works by David Lang, Ted Hearne, Viet Cuong, Kinds of Kings, and more.
Not one to shy away from bold projects and collaborations,
as concertmaster Maiani premiered The Industry's Sweet Land,
Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History of Popular Music
(premiere in Brooklyn 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.
Recordings include an album with the Summa Trio (Navona Records/Naxos), Netflix’s Dear White People, and When They See Us, among others.
Maiani also enjoys playing caixa (snare) as a member of Batalá New York, dancing, lip-syncing, collecting fossils, and in-person philosophical debates. Maiani is an Associate Fellow of the Berkeley College at Yale University.