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 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. She has also collaborated 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, to Taylor Mac, Childish Gambino, Joey Arias, My Brightest Diamond, Rod Stewart, Avery*Sunshine, 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, and Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History of Popular Music (premiere in Brooklyn and tour), as well as Mac's
Holiday Sauce tour. Recordings include an album with the Summa Trio (Navona Records/Naxos), Netflix’s Dear White People, and When They See Us, among others.
Maiani is the co-founder of The Furies, an intersectional feminist duo whose mission is to empower the female-identified experience through 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.