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Published on: Saturday January 14, 2023

Maria is a composer and instrumentalist with an improvising and folk-inspired background.

Her CDs Murmur, Heaven on Earth, and Taith Amser are personal compositions with Welsh and English lyrics featuring herself with guest musicians including those with drummer Ian Thomas, Brazilian percussionist Bosco D’Oliveira, and saxophonist Mark Lockheart.

Recent collaborations include Nick Roth, Neil Yates, Fred Thelonious Baker, and Zoot Warren. Past work includes international tours and recording with Charles Hayward’s Camberwell Now, Jeremy Peyton Jones’s Regular Music, Huw Warren’s Barrel Organ Far from Home, and June Tabor. She signed to Rough Trade with pop group Shelleyan Orphan.

She’s interested in embracing current issues, and has worked with Irish activist/playwright Margaretta D’Arcy and women at Greenham international peace camp, on a documentary-creation about working-class women with Valerie Walkerdine, and an ‘active childbirth’ video with Nicky Leap. Ian Mitchell’s contemporary ensemble Gemini has commissioned several projects from her and her choral piece, Chant, was performed by the BBC Singers and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

She set up an arts hub galeriTONIC Arts-Healing-Education, featuring a young ensemble Cerddorfa Ruchenitsa, playing Eastern European-inspired compositions which she taught aurally.

Maria is also a professional aromatherapist, model and actor. Her projects include lead role as guitarist for an in-house pharmaceutical advert for the NHS; modelling for visual art and anatomy instruction with ACW (Cardiff/Rhondda Cynon Taf); work for Bangor University, York University, St Thomas Hospital, London; and filming work on Napoleon (Ridley Scott), It’s a Sin, Craith/Hidden, Casualty and His Dark Materials.

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