Event Info

Maya Keren presents a jazz senior recital as part of Jazz Appreciation Month and the Certificate in Music Performance

Free, Unticketed.

About the Artist:

Maya Keren is a pianist, vocalist, and composer hailing from Philadelphia, PA. She aims to make art that is compassionate and riotous, that smashes expectation and invents new ways of being together.

Maya is an alumna of the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program and the Banff Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music, two programs that imprinted upon Maya the importance of vulnerability and trust in meaningful music-making. She carries this sentiment with her when she performs, in projects like improvising duo Moon! Moon! with bassist Akiva Jacobs and Julien Chang’s touring indie-rock band.

At this point in her practice, Maya is inspired by the universe-shifting generated by Black queer feminist thought. She feels creatively nourished by the work of radical artists and thinkers like Audre Lorde, Geri Allen, Saidiya Hartman, adrienne maree brown, Thelonious Monk, and Nicole Mitchell. Maya hopes to create social and musical systems that give voice to BIPOC/queer women and folks of marginalized genders and the imaginative beauty they possess. In this intention, she feels energized by her time spent collaborating with the inaugural cohort of Mutual Mentorship for Musicians, a working group of artists of underrepresented gender identities created by Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa. She also feels inspired by her time working with the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, an initiative led by Professor Ruha Benjamin that brings together students, educators, activists, and artists to develop a critical and creative approach to data conception, production, and circulation.

Maya is currently studying Music and African American Studies at Princeton University, where she has been mentored by Kris Davis, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Angelica Sanchez.