ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2016:
Maya Dunietz plays Emahoy
In 2013 Maya Dunietz initiated a unique tribute to Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (b. 1923) – a 92 year old Ethiopian nun based in Israel, whose extraordinary and playful compositions are in the process of being rediscovered.
Dunietz helped publish the first ever publication of Emahoy’s piano pieces in a music sheet book, and a series of concerts performed by Dunietz and international musicians, including a rare performance by the Ethiopian Church Choir. Emahoy’s abundance of compositions were created over nine decades (and still counting).
Israeli free improvising pianist and vocalist Maya Dunietz investigates the connections between music, visual art, performance, technological research and philosophy. Her works are commissioned by renowned performers and ensembles, and she has created site-specific sound-performances for institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Arnolfini in Bristol. Dunietz has worked with artists such as John Butcher, Zeena Parkins, and Steve Noble, to name a few.
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (b. 1923) is an Ethiopian nun known for her piano playing. Her first record was released in 1967. The proceeds of this and subsequent releases went to help an orphanage. A compilation of her work was issued on the Éthiopiques record label.