Art historian, singer and conductor born in Madrid. She studied voice in London (Jessica Cash and Evelyn Tubb), and Madrid (Peter Harrison and Esperanza Abad).
Interested in Historic Music, she studied under some of the most prestigious specialists in that area (Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley) and performed Early Music concerts from the medieval to Romanticism.
Maria grounds her work in the exploration of the creative performer and the relationship between health and the arts.
She has developed performances with Primal Singing (emotional improvisation) and contemporary improvisation that she has performed with various ensembles: Punto Cero (with Francis Garcia at virtual synthesizers and electroacoustics), Orquesta FOCO and LIO (London Improvisers Orchestra) among others.
She has participated in improvisation festivals such as Malaga’s International Festival, Festival Hurta Cordel, Cuenca’s SIMAC, under the direction of Michael Fisher, Keith Tippet, Terry Day, Maggie Nicols and Ilan Volkov.
Technology, internet and virtual worlds have occupied and important part of Maria’s development, thoughts, experiences and connections. As a result, she moved to UK in 2012. And yes, she remains quite geeky since.
She collaborates with Heritage2Health in helping nursing students have a holistic approach to both healthcare and the arts. (Lectures and practices at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University). She has lectured choir directors in having a health related approach (‘Sing to Live’ project, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, 2014).
Maria is a Natural Voice Practitioner and is active in teaching voice, free improvisation, and creativity that she tailors to different needs. (Lisbon Jazz Summer School, Estoril International Festival, Maudsley Hospital, Heritage2Health. She is the director of Singing4Health.)
Maria is a member of the Arts and Health project group at the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, in Winchester University. This Centre embraces the social, personal, spiritual and political aspects of wellbeing in an aim for a better understanding on how can arts be used as a re-balancing tool, and explore and promote new ideas.
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