Maria Minerva

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Maria Minerva
Maria Minerva (2014)
Background information
Birth nameMaria Juur
Born (1988-03-15) 15 March 1988 (age 35)
Tallinn, Estonia
GenresElectronica, outsider house, nu-disco, hypnagogic pop
Occupation(s)producer, songwriter, singer, DJ, radio host
Instrumentselectronics, vocals
Years active2010–present
LabelsNot Not Fun, 100% Silk, Pudru Kuul

Maria Juur (born 15 March 1988), better known by her stage name Maria Minerva, is an Estonian musician and activist.[1]

Maria Minerva is the recipient of two Estonian Music Awards. Her releases have received critical acclaim from music publications such as Pitchfork Media[2] and The Fader.[3] One of Maria Minerva's early supporters was the influential pop critic Simon Reynolds.[4] She was named as one of the seminal Los Angeles artists by The Guardian[5] and appeared on Estonian World's annual "Top 12 Most Outstanding Estonian Women in the World" list.[6]

Maria graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London, where she studied with British cultural theorist Mark Fisher.[7] Her father Mart Juur is an Estonian humorist, writer and TV/radio personality.[8]

As of 2018, Juur was a member of the Estonian Greens political party.[9]

Collaboration with Cherushii[edit]

Chelsea Faith a.k.a. Cherushii was one of the 36 victims of the 2016 Oakland warehouse fire.[10] In 2019, the EP Cherushii & Maria Minerva was released, which had been nearly completed before Cherushii died[11] and includes repurposed tracks from previous Cherushii releases.[12][13][14][15][16]


  • Sacred and Profane Love 12" EP (100% Silk, 2011)
  • Cabaret Cixous CD/LP (Not Not Fun, 2011)
  • Noble Savage 12" EP (100% Silk, 2011)
  • Tallinn At Dawn CS (Not Not Fun, 2011)
  • Nii hea with Ajukaja, 10" Single (Pudru Kuul, 2012)
  • The Integration LP with LA Vampires (Not Not Fun, 2012)
  • Will Happiness Find Me? CD/LP (Not Not Fun, 2012)
  • Bless 12" EP (100% Silk, 2013)
  • Histrionic LP (Not Not Fun, 2014)
  • C U Again with Ajukaja, 12" EP (Pudru Kuul, 2014)
  • S/T with Cherushii, 12" EP (100% Silk, 2019)
  • Soft Power, CS (100% Silk, 2020)


  1. ^ Hasa, Romi (August 26, 2021). "Maria Juur, Õismäe tüdruk Los Angeleses" [Maria Juur, Õismäe Girl in Los Angeles]. Eesti Naine (Delfi) (in Estonian). Retrieved 2023-06-22.
  2. ^ Lindsay Zoladz (2011-11-30). "Maria Minerva: Sacred & Profane Love EP Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ "Artist: Maria Minerva".
  4. ^ "Female Artists With a Penchant for Synth Sounds". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  5. ^ "The Sound of LA". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Top 12 most outstanding Estonian women in the world".
  7. ^ "Perspective: Maria Minerva remembers Mark Fisher's Infectious Intellectualism". Crack Magazine.
  8. ^ Ulrik Noergaard (2011-03-31). "Maria Minerva | Dazed". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  9. ^ "Tallinn Music Week celebrates its 10th anniversary". Euronews. 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2023-06-22.
  10. ^ Maria Minerva. "The Rave Queen Next Door: Remembering the Life and Legacy of My Friend Cherushii". Vice.
  11. ^ Moreland, Quinn (March 5, 2019). "How Maria Minerva Finished Her Record With Cherushii, Who Died in Oakland's Ghost Ship Fire". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  12. ^ Brown, Harley (February 19, 2019). "Cherushii & Maria Minerva". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  13. ^ Clements, Miles (February 8, 2019). "CHERUSHII + MARIA MINERVA: SELF-TITLED". L.A. Record. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  14. ^ Matthew, Terry (September 4, 2019). "Days Without You: Cherushii and Maria Minerva Made Beautiful Music". 5mag. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  15. ^ Murray, Eoin (February 7, 2019). "Premiere: Cherushii & Maria Minerva 'Boyfriend Shirt'". DJ Mag. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  16. ^ Henry Bruce-Jones. "100% Silk to release posthumous Cherushii & Maria Minerva collaboration". Fact Mag.

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