Maika Makovski

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Maika Makovski in Barcelona (2010).

Maika Makovski (born April 14, 1983, Palma, Majorca) is a Spanish songwriter, singer, guitarist and pianist of Macedonian father and Andalucian descent.

Maika started writing songs at 12 and performing live at 14. At 15 she won her first professional recognition in a major local contest with a jury formed of members of Sony Music, Rockdelux and RNE (Spain's National Radio), and has won other awards such as Altaveu Frontera '03, Balears Sona '02 and Eurofest '02 in Macedonia.[1]

Between 1998 - 2003, Maika changed her country of residence repeatedly before finally settling in Barcelona to record her first album Kradiaw (2005, PAE), which brought her to the attention of the mainstream press.

Between 2005 and 2007, Maika commuted between New York and Barcelona, touring extensively with artists such as Howe Gelb, The Dubliners and the Jayhawks, Her second album Kraj so Koferot (2007, Wildpunk Records) was a more intimate record which drew equal acclaim from the press [2][3] and the public.

In 2009, Maika and her band recorded 12 new songs under the production guidance of John Parish. This new collection forms the eponymously titled Maika Makovski, her first album to receive an international release and international attention.[4]

From 2011-2013 Maika juggled the release and touring of her albums Desaparecer (2011) and Thank you for the Boots (2012) with the writing, performing and the musical direction of Calixto Bieito's theatrical productions Desaparecer (2011 - Teatre Romea / Festival Grec), Forests (2012 - BIT/Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and Leonce und Lena (2013 - Residenz Theater).

2015 saw the release of her first live album (Live - Apolo!) and the recording of her upcoming album, to be released in 2016, produced once more by John Parish.

Maika is a trained artist and the artwork that accompanies her releases makes use of her paintings and photography.

Discography[edit]

  • Kradiaw (2005)
  • Kraj so Koferot (2007)
  • Maika Makovski (2010)
  • Desaparecer (2011)
  • Thank You for the Boots (2012)[5]
  • Live - Apolo! (2015)
  • Chinook Wind (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://personaenongrata.blogspot.com/2008/10/maika-makovski-kraj-so-kferot-2007.html
  2. ^ http://www.valladolidwebmusical.org/grabaciones/08/maika_makovski/index.html
  3. ^ http://www.metronomemusic.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=192:maika-makovski&catid=39:musicos&Itemid=96
  4. ^ http://www.entertainment-focus.com/news/introducing-maika-makovski
  5. ^ Frost Magazine review