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Maria Faust, Estonian composer, saxophonist, bandleader, resident of Denmark, has already made remarkable musical waves that have sent her and her bands on trips to concert halls and music festivals around the world. Maria Faust neither plays nor composes in traditional ways, and has no interest in doing so. Boldness is the hallmark of her music, and her projects with ensembles that explore unusual instrumentations and techniques. Her big breakthrough, the very personal album Sacrum Facere (Latin: human sacrifice), receiving two Danish Music Awards in 2014, got its inspiration from the culture in and around the Russian-Estonian border region, where descendants of deported orthodox Russians still live. Here, she collected work songs, hymns, and lullabies for the album, and merged the material with classical music and free improvisation.


Maria Faust is constantly expanding her sound spectrum, and her new project, MACHINA, consists of an unprecedented mix of traditional musical forms paired with improvisation, jazz, and soundscapes. In a musical language of her own invention, she delivers her original compositional ideas, a chamber music universe without drums, but with horns, two basses, cello, and piano, all in a fascinating interaction with the engines of fishing boats sputtering their way through the fog, the creaks of old rusty hulls, the hum of the breeze and the call of the birds out at sea.


Maria Faust
alto saxophone
Ned Ferm
tenor saxophone
Ida Nørholm
Jacob Anderskov
Nils Bo Davidsen
double bass
Adam Pultz Melbye
double bass