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Maria Lamburn aka Madalena is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist with an international profile, whose artwork has created a stream of idiosyncratic projects in the last decade. Her debut CD Murmur was recorded for the jazz label Babel (BDV 2027) with financial funding from the English Arts Council. Maria’s next album Heaven on Earth was recorded with drummer Ian Thomas, bassist Dudley Phillips & guitarist Stuart Hall, and her multi-media work Taith Amser which toured Wales and played at the Vortex, London was supported by a Creative Wales Award from the Welsh Arts Council.

After graduating from Goldsmiths, where she presented a composition portfolio which included scores dealing with experimental graphics, minimalism, sonic collage and visual arts improvisation, Maria won the Cornelius Cardew Prize for Competition for Composition, in 1983. With a penchant for quirky soundsources and perception, her career has involved some unusual projects which have offered opportunities for interaction, response, and interpretation – such as field research at the Greenham Common anti-nuclear campaign, setting up a womens radio station, and street festival music in Galway with radical playwright Margaretta D’Arcy, music for Valerie Walkerdine’s Didn’t she do well? about the loss of roots of academic working class women and Home Birth – Your Choice by influential midwife Nicky Leap. Whilst she and husband Huw Warren have brought up their 5 children in North Wales she has pursued her compositional and performance work, receiving commissions from sources as varied as Gemini, Leicester Phoenix Arts Centre, BBC Singers, Chard Festival of Women in Music. Her music has been played and broadcast worldwide, from the BBC, St John’s, Smith Square, The Vortex, Bloomsbury Theatre, London to Radio Canada. Maria has written educational compositions and arrangements, worked as a conductor and instrumental tutor (woodwind, strings, piano, guitar) for Snowdonia Steiner School, the Gwynedd music service and through her own business enterprises, Maizeh Music printing and publishing and galeriTONIC arts-education-healing. With a background in contemporary, jazz, folk and world musics, holisitic philosophy and therapeutic practice specialising in aroma, Maria’s multi-media projects involve written and improvised music, visual art, including photography and film, scent and bodywork – family life in a remote region of Wales led Maria to pursue her lay interest in holistic medicine (which began when she met her homoeopath Tony Hurley in the early 1980s), and she embraces any opportunity to allow her knowledge and practice as a therapist to manifest as an integral part of her artwork. Current projects include her Welsh international quartet Golden Section with bassist Laurence Cottle, pianist Huw Warren and drummer Ian Thomas, Spoke’n with Huw Warren, the duo A Hedgerow Song with Mark Lockheart, and a perfume/bodyworks project with Iain Ballamy.


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