Maya Levy

Maya Levy

 London, England, GBR
BandComedySinger/Songwriter

Maya Levy's music is that rare combination of warm, witty storytelling and exquisite singing. She is a charming performer, and when she sings, people listen. They usually laugh. Sometimes they cry. She is the best of both anti-folk and pro-folk, with some pop and comedy thrown in for goodwill.

Biography

Maya Levy was born and raised in New York City. She currently lives in London, England, where she was first encouraged to combine her music, singing and theatrical prowess with song writing, eventually leading to her debut album, Historically Inaccurate, which was produced by the talented Englishman Nick Trepka, who also has produced albums for Saint Saviour, cabaret artist Tricity Vogue, and most recently, George Clinton.

Maya has performed all around London and New York City, at festivals, bars and concert halls including Latitude Festival, Jewish Book Week, Soho Theatre Bar, and the Sidewalk Cafe.

She also performs with her group, known as the Kitchen Quartet, who sing a cappella folk songs that she arranges.


When she was younger but looked exactly the same, Maya was a classical pianist and singer, who honed her craft at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. During this time, she used to sneak off to sing folk music and star in musicals when her professors weren’t looking. Then, when she was a bit older, and still looked exactly the same, she was an actress, who studied at the world renowned Central School of Speech and Drama, in London. She still looks exactly the same, and tries to do all of these things, often at the same time. In fact, she does all these things, all at once, in her own one-woman musical mystery, Troiseaux, which features ‘The Cuckoo’ and ‘The Hummingbird’, both found on her debut album.

Maya can be compared to other anti-folk singer/songwriters, such as Regina Spektor or Joanna Newsom, but there is no question as to her originality and she stands out with her theatrical delivery. When she performs live, she hones in on the storytelling aspects of her songs, in the tradition of the most honest and entertaining of performers.

Her music tends to land on the quirky side of things, but she usually manages to get in a few lovely folk songs to get everyone involved.