Maya Kronfeld

Piano – Jazz Camp Week 2

Rhythm-driven pianist Maya Kronfeld was born in Berkeley, CA to a drummer father and a literature professor mother. She studied piano with Libby McLaren and Susan Muscarella, who gave her lifelong tools for connecting authentically to every moment of playing.

Maya has toured with Van Hunt, The Memorials (led by drum phenomenon Thomas Pridgen) and appeared in venues ranging from Yoshi’s Oakland to the Harlem Stage Theatre in NYC to the Viper Room in Los Angeles. In 2016, she performed with vocalist Georgia Anne Muldrow.

In 2015 Maya was profiled on KCSM’s Desert Island Jazz alongside vocalist/composer Valerie Troutt. The two have an inspired duo project entitled “Two Shoes Shouting,” and have collaborated on several recordings of Valerie’s including Prepare For A Future and The Sound of Peace. Maya is also the featured pianist on vocalist Natalie John’s self-titled original jazz album.

Whether playing jazz or related musics, Maya strives to uplift audiences with her experimental spontaneity and sense of groove, but can always be relied upon to dig into the music! In addition to being a working musician, Maya is completing a PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, where she also teaches undergraduate writing. She has recently given talks on jazz, critical theory, modernist poetry and anglo-american philosophy at the Sorbonne Paris III and at the University of Dublin. Her dissertation on 19th and 20th century American fiction is tentatively titled “Rhythms of Thought.”

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