Donna Maya

Transfering airwaves into music


Donna Maya is a musicians and sound artist from Berlin. She plays the theremin, the oldest electronic musical instrument that was invented in 1920 and is played in the air, without any physical contact.

her theremin

Donna Mayas fascination for the theremin comes from a booklet about experimental music instruments, on which a theremin was displayed. Since then, the picture has been haunting her and she tried to figure out where to see and hear this instrument. Because it is rare, the only option seemed to buy one, which she did.

Donna Maya  immediately felt an unlimited freedom in playing and composing with the theremin. Because there are no predetermined playing techniques or literature for it, she was curious how others work. Next she visited the most virtuosic theremin players, such as Lydia Kavina, Dorit Chrysler and Carolina Eyck, listened to their concerts, took some lessons and learned from their experiences. Afterwards she felt encouraged to follow her own ideas and the vision of the inventor, Leon Theremin, to go for a new musical form. The result is her concert program „Lost Spaces – Detroit“.

her music

In her live performance „Lost Spaces – Detroit“, Donna Maya connects analog and electronic instruments and combined the theremin with sounds she collected on her journey through Detroit. Shocked by the fact that Detroit once was one of the richest cities, where the automobile was invented as well as techno, but nowadays looks like a post apocalyptic waste land, she recorded largely abandoned locations and historic relevant places. In every track those place come musicalaly alive, such as the Michigan train station, the Ford factory or the Michigan theater, and are accompanied by visuals she made from the sources of her sounds.



„The music part of the night was kicked-off by Donna Maya, a Berlin-based musician and the first Abelton certified trainer. She got the crowd moving with her live show, performing a variety of tracks that ranged from dub-step, reggae to tech-house…“
DJ Broadcast


Donna Maya was invited to play at

  • Sonar (Barcelona)
  • Transmediale (Berlin)
  • Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich)
  • Berlin Atonal (Berlin)
  • Perspectives Festival (Berlin)
  • Heroines of Sound Editions (Berlin)


Live concert:
Lost Spaces – Detroit

In her live music program „Lost Spaces – Detroit“, Donna Maya combines the oldest electronic musical instrument with up-to-date music software and MIDI controllers . With her theremin Donna Maya leads through often abandoned, but musically revitalized places, that opens an accoustic door to get in and experience the ambience and atmosphere of specific sites with historic significance.



Love Is Winning
Natalie Beridze / TBA

Remix by Donna Maya
Further remixes by Lightning Jules, Nikakoi, Thomas Fehlmann, EP, Monika Enterprise

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Love Is Winning

Natalie Beridze / TBA
Remixes by Donna Maya, Lightning Jules, Nikakoi, Thomas Fehlmann
EP, Monika Enterprise, 2016
Download @ Bandcamp
Download @ Beatport


Nomads In Sound Volume 3

East–West Future Dub & Dubstep
V.A. mit Uzul (FRA), Késhava (EE), Mutamassik (ITA/US) PhOniAndFlOrE (FRA), Bass Trolls (SWE), Donna Maya (GER), Apurva (IN), Bass-Ul-Ulema Sound (BA), Hab (SWE) und Ombudsman (SWE)
Album, Meerkat Recordings, 2012


Delias Darling

A radio piece made by female:pressure artists for RadialX 2010
V.A. mit Caro Snatch (Manchester; UK), Elecric Indigo (Wien; A), Manami N (Berlin; D), Xyramat (Hamburg; D), Scifi Sol (Portland; USA), Gavannas (Stockholm; S), Strict Status (Manchester; UK) and Dona Maya (Berlin; D)



Donna Maya (DJ Da Cut) + Video from Ella Esque
female:pressure DVD 1, V.A.
open:sounds, 2008,
Free Video



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