Biography

Maria Lamburn is a composer and multi instrumentalist with a diverse career and wide ranging stylistic palette including contemporary music, early music, celtic music, jazz and song form. She has created an unusual and unique body of work.

Since completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Goldsmiths College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama her work has been recognised with awards, commissions and performances from ACE, Gemini, BBC Singers, ACW amongst others.

Her main solo projects have been:

Murmur – CD release on the Babel Label in 2000 (Babel BDV 2027)

Heaven on Earth – Song collection released 2008 (Maizeh Music)

Taith Amser – Song collection in Welsh released 2009 (Maizeh Music)

Dragon Tongue – Trio with Fred Thelonius Baker and Zoot Warren

Previous commissions include BBC Singers – St John’s Smith Square, London (Radio 3 broadcast), Gemini – Chard Festival of Women in Music Regular Music – Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 1st Celebration of Women in Music and the Arts, National Gallery, Ottawa (Radio Canada), and opera material sourced at Greenham Common and Galway, with Irish writer Margaretta D’Arcy

Maria Lamburn won the  Cornelius Cardew Prize for Composition in 1983 and was awarded an ACW Creative Wales Award in 2007 for her piece Taith Amser, with imagery by photographer Rhodri Jones.

Other collaborations have included recording and performing with Huw Warren, Charles Hayward’s Camberwell Now, Mark Lockheart, John Cage at 70 (filmed by Peter Greenaway), June Tabor, Shelleyan Orphan, Billy Jenkins, Regular Music, The Hot Club of Hackney Gypsy Orchestra, Caroline Kraabel, Mervyn Africa and John Stevens.

Her most recent work is interdisciplinary, linking Music and Sensory Perception. Consultation and collaboration with international scientists, writers and artists, is supporting her work on scent and music.

She has a wonderfully holistic approach to music making that draws upon many forms of inspiration from art and literature to healing and science. The original and non generic sound-world that she comes up with time and time again is quite beautiful, always sophisticated and engaging…Maria’s fascination with spirituality and musical expression and its relation to psychological and physiological matters is at the heart.”

…..Mark Lockheart

striking in idiom, fluent in output…styles embrace the poetic concertpiece, the graphic score, the cinematic concept…her studies in controlled improvisation create very novel and expressive landscapes of behaviour. She has delved further into modernist ventures (including random number and minimal ideas) – and indeed seems able to turn her hand to many projects: they have in common musicality, vision, and a strong voice (her tone is caustic, enigmatic and expressively surreal).”

……Melanie Daiken

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