Maria Minerva

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Maria Minerva
Birth name Maria Juur
Born (1988-03-15) 15 March 1988 (age 29)
Tallinn, Estonia
Genres lo-fi music, chillwave, electronica, house music, nu-disco, dub, experimental music, avant-garde music, hypnagogic pop
Occupation(s) producer, songwriter, singer, DJ, radio host
Instruments electronics, vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Not Not Fun, 100% Silk, Pudru Kuul
Associated acts LA Vampires, Cherushii, Ajukaja, Hervé, Seahawks, NO ZU, Pharaohs
Website www.mariaminerva.com

Maria Juur (born 15 March 1988), better known by her stage name Maria Minerva, is an Estonian experimental musician. She is releasing music on the Los Angeles independent record label Not Not Fun[1] and its dance-oriented sub-label 100% Silk. She has cited Brian Eno, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Moodymann as her influences.

Maria Minerva is the recipient of two 2015 Estonian Music Awards (Best Female, Best Electronic Album). Her releases have received critical acclaim from music publications such as Pitchfork Media[2] and The Fader.[3] One of Maria Minerva's supporters has been the influential pop critic Simon Reynolds.[4] She was named one of the seminal Los Angeles artists by The Guardian in 2017.[5] According to her Facebook page,[6] Maria's collaboration with Chelsea Faith aka Cherushii, one of the 36 victims of the Ghost ship fire in Oakland, CA, will be released posthumously.

Maria graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London, where she studied with British cultural theorists Mark Fisher[7] and Kodwo Eshun. She's a member of the Estonian Greens Party and a self-proclaimed feminist.[8] Her father Mart Juur is a prominent Estonian comedian and TV/radio personality.[9] Maria Minerva became a US permanent resident in 2014. She hosts a regular radio show on LA's dublab titled Estonian Air.

Discography[edit]

  • Histrionic LP (Not Not Fun, 2014)
  • C U Again with Ajukaja, 12" EP (Pudru Kuul, 2014)
  • Bless 12" EP (100% Silk, 2013)
  • 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)
  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Not Not Fun Records". Notnotfun.com. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  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". 
  6. ^ "Maria Minerva on Facebook". 
  7. ^ "Perspective: Maria Minerva remembers Mark Fisher’s Infectious Intellectualism". 
  8. ^ "Interview: Maria Minerva". 
  9. ^ Ulrik Noergaard (2011-03-31). "Maria Minerva | Dazed". Dazeddigital.com. Retrieved 2016-09-25.