E n s e m b l e   M A E

Since 1980 the Dutch MAE, formerly known as the Maarten Altena Ensemble, has developed itself from an improvisation collective into an ensemble that explores new musical and multidisciplinary territories.  Straddling a broad spectrum of experimental traditions, the ensemble of nine musicians has built up a repertoire of over 150 works written for its particular instrumentation by composers such as Robert Ashley, Richard Ayres, Allison Cameron and Steve Martland.  18 LP's & CD's have been published and performed worldwide.  Under the new artistic leadership of Yannis Kyriakides and Roland Spekle, the focus has shifted to a deeper exploration of the possibilities of expanding the sound world of an acoustic ensemble through live electronics and a desire to experiment with the way music is experienced through new performance contexts and the use of digital media.