Maya Giovannina Luigia Verlaak is a Belgian composer and performer (born
in Ghent, 1990).
In 2008 she moved to the Netherlands to study
at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (NL).
She studied major Composition and minor Sonology (Sound
Analysis and Technology). She studied composition with Gilius
Van Bergeijk, Diderik Haakma Wagenaar, Peter Adriaansz and Martijn Padding.
In June 2015 she graduated with a
In March 2015, Maya got accepted in the AHRC funded Midlands3Cities
Doctoral Training Partnership.
She moved to Birmingham (UK) and started
her PhD in October 2015.
Her supervisors are Michael Wolters, Howard Skempton and John Richards.
Verlaak's works have been commissioned and performed by diverse
ensembles and musicians such as
the New European Ensemble (NL),
Ensemble Klang (NL), London Sinfonietta (UK), Acid Police Noise
Ensemble (NL), Rosa Ensemble (NL), ACM ensemble (UK), Slagwerkgroep Den
Haag (NL), IEMA, Ensemble Modern (DE), Divertimento Ensemble (IT),
Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra (UK), Percussion quartet:
Abstrukt(UK), X.Y ensemble (UK), Khz Collective
Leo Svirky (piano),
Christian Schmitt (natural horn), Janet Forbes (recorder&voice),
Robert de Bree (recorder), Gijsbert Kok (Carillon), Karin de Fleyt
During the process of composing a new piece she distances herself
from the conventional sound-focussed compositional process.
a ‘Hexe’ attitude: taking a critical approach by analysing the context
and re-evaluating the situation.
This process creates a distance from
the subject because she is standing near the fence so to speak,
observing the situation from the periphery.
Working from such a
distance often results in the creation of humour in the final
realisation of a composition.
Because of this specific compositional method, She also often re-writes her pieces when they are taken-up by
different performers and/or instruments and/or performed in a different
environment and therefore forces her to re-evaluate the connection
between her musical concepts and their means of execution.
Maya is currently also curating (in collaboration with Richard Stenton
and Zachaeus Dawson) 'Post-Paradise',
a monthly concert series for New
Music in Birmingham, UK. Programming local composers and guests from
around the UK and abroad.