Country: HU

Ma’iwa is a collaboration between two Hungarian electronic musicians MA’AM & AIWA. Their new joint album Goldfishing is a stroll into the unknown. The result is conceptual brainstorming of two experimenting minds in spoken word, dream noise, and various electronic genres – with many synthesizers.

MA’AM (Anna Makay) is a Budapest based vocalist, electronic musician and improviser whose pieces focus on ancient languages in a digital environment. She concentrates on private spheres, sexuality, language reflexions and personal experiences. Her first solo album Murmur is a ghostly collection of anxiety diaries and eerie intuitions – it was released at the end of 2018 on the Exiles label. Now she’s working on her solo performance, a research-ment called “Beyonce 2” and many collaborations. She also runs the AZVLM collective and programme series.

Also Budapest-based Lajos Nadhazi (AIWA) makes performance-based, genre-bending electronic improvisations. His distinctive sound builds up of hazy melodies and overdriven drum machines looping to the abyss. Member of Hungary’s own Farbwechsel Records, he’s also released on SEAGRAVE, videogamemusic, Always Human Tapes and Banlieue Records.

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This artist participated in the SHAPE platform which concluded in 2022. The current version of the project is SHAPE+. Like its predecessor, it is co-funded by the European Union.