Artist of the Month January 2021
Maria Sappho is a composer, improviser, and researcher. She is a current doctoral researcher at Huddersfield University, on the European Research Council project IRiMaS.
As a Latinx and Native American Maria’s research and activism is towards representation of women and POC in her field of free improvisation. Her volunteer work includes running the Feminist Free Improvisation Archive, curating for Mopomoso TV (the oldest running UK improvisation concert series) and running and editing the discursive political arts magazine the Mass. Her recent installations include a solo exhibition at DAI hall gallery (UK), Women at MOA – Museum of Operation Avalanche (IT), Sappho’s Fairy Tales at NGallery (GR) and she is currently organizing an upcoming installation and concert series at Analix Forever Gallery (CZ).
Her current commissions include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (CZ) the choire midi du Chœur (CZ) and the International Contemporary Ensemble (US). She has previously worked with the BBC Scottish symphony orchestra, Australian Art Orchestra, and is a current member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.