Brazilian and American violinist Maiani da Silva enjoys a richly varied career as a freelancer, 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 interpretive dancing during measures of rest, or playing percussion in an Afro-Brazilian band.
Maiani is the new violinist with Eighth Blackbird, one of the world’s preeminent new music chamber ensembles. She has also collaborated with various cutting-edge contemporary artists, from members of Bang On A Can All Stars, Wild Up, Shattered Glass, Louis Andriessen, George Lewis, L.A. Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, to Taylor Mac, Childish Gambino, Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), Kanye West, and Peter Gabriel.
Not one to shy away from bold projects and collaborations, Maiani performed the West Coast premiere of Ragnar Kjartansson’s Bliss, as part of the L.A. Phil's Fluxus Festival where she joined Wild Up for a 12-hour loop of the final moments of
The Marriage of Figaro, and Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History of Popular Music 24-hour show in Brooklyn, as well as parts of the national tour, as well as Mac's
Holiday Sauce (west coast tour). Recordings include a newly-released trio album by the Summa Trio (Navona Records) and a handful of TV/film works on both East and West Coasts. Maiani is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Furies, an intersectional feminist duo that focuses on empowering the female-identified experience through chamber music and performance art. 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.