Merge Collaborative

Maiani da Silva

Founder, Artistic Director, Violinist

Los Angeles-based violinist MAIANI DA SILVA enjoys a varied career as a freelancer, feeling equally at home playing in concert halls, recording studios, breweries, and parked cars. She enjoys exploring contemporary works as much as classical masterpieces, and can occasionally be found interpretive dancing during measures of rest, or in a Latin band playing some percussive instrument. Always in pursuit of new collaborations, including working with composers and other artists, Maiani is the Co-Founder of Merge Collaborative, a new salon-style interdisciplinary series in Los Angeles; Summa piano trio, with forthcoming recordings through the Parma label; and a newly formed duo partnership debuting at the OME festival. Maiani is dedicated to working with cutting edge contemporary ensembles, most notably wildUp, with whom she’s performed during Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight—a 12-hour marathon celebrating L.A.’s top new-music ensembles—both in 2016 and 2017. Other groups include Aperture Duo, Ludovico Ensemble, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and One Found Sound. As a Bang on a Can fellow, Maiani worked directly with George Lewis and Louis Andriessen, as well as BOAC All-Stars at Mass Moca for another marathon. There, she performed an abridged version of Andy Akiho’s Ping Pong Concerto with David Cossin, and also dabbled in composition while performing on a 9-foot banjo. Having played across the country from Juneau to New York, and internationally from Western Europe to Eastern Asia, Maiani has orchestral performance experience working with ensembles like L’Orchestre Lamoureux, St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, and Philharmonie Leipzig. Aside from her classical and experimental work, she is active in the session scene, and as a live-pop performer. With performance artist Taylor Mac she premiered the 24-Decade History of Popular Music in Brooklyn in 2016 (you guessed it, another marathon!) and rejoined the band for a portion of the 2017-2018 tour. Maiani has also collaborated with Nan Schwartz, Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Avery Sunshine, and Rod Stewart, with whom she danced on stage to  “If you think I’m sexy” while playing in a tragically flat-ridden key. She is a devoted Teaching Artist with the Harmony Project, and is passionate about making music available to everyone in the community. Maiani holds a B.M. and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied under Magdalena Richter and Irina Muresanu as a scholarship recipient. In 2015, Maiani received an Artist Diploma with Honors from The San Francisco Academy Orchestra, having studied with Dan Carlson and David Chernyavsky.