Lily Maase MFA Recital

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Video presentation to be given via Zoom with virtual reception and Q&A to follow:

Please direct all questions to the composer via her website,

The Sign of Five: A Recital (New music in five streams of consciousness)

Guitarist, composer, educator and musical director Lily Maase is pleased to announce the premiere of selected works from five modes of composition as a part of her MFA graduation requirement for California Institute of the Arts. Join her at 7pm PST on Tuesday, December 8 for a video presentation of new recorded works and select live performances spanning five disciplines within the musical arts: solo guitar, free improvisation, psychedelic folk, avant jazz, and rock and roll.

About the artist: Lily Maase is the product of a powerful lineage of guitarists whose roots are tied to the American Southwest, beginning with her family's time working alongside Buddy Holly at Norman Petty Studios and continuing with her father's journey to live and work with Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin at a Buddhist retreat in Jemez, New Mexico. This intersection between the roots of American rock and roll and the pursuit of improvisation as a spiritual practice is the defining characteristic of the Maase family method of performance and education, and is reflected in every aspect of Lily's work as a composer, performer, pedagogue and woman in pursuit of a life lived fully in expression of her art.

The Sign of Five features performances by: Lily Maase (guitar and voice), Andrey ‘Cheggi’ Chegdonaev (voice), Tom McNalley (guitar), Jeff Tobias (keyboards and saxophone), Ethan Chiampas (acoustic bass), Armando Wood (acoustic bass), Don W Berger (electric bass), Nick Millevoi (electric bass), Vicken Hopsevian (drumset and percussion), Val Jeanty (electronic percussion), Curt Garey (drumset) and Tyshawn Sorey (drumset), as well as special guests AJ Haynes (voice and electric guitar), Chelsea Baratz (saxophone), Insun Blemel (lap steel guitar) and members of the CalArts Creative Repertory Ensemble, which Lily directs as a part of her fall 2020 tenure as Special Faculty within the Musical Arts/Experimental Pop specialization. 

All music composed, arranged, performed and produced by Lily Maase with one exception; material presented by the Creative Repertory Ensemble was composed and arranged by Lily Maase, AJ Haynes and student members of the ensemble.