In Japanese, ma isthe word for space. It is not something that is created by the absence or presence of compositional elements but that which takes place with the awareness of form and non-form, the two elements having equal potency. This concept defines the duo between Emma and composer Annabel Kershaw on piano.
ma's debut was as part of the Hidden Door Festival in May 2015, performing original music which the duo composed for the festival.
In June that same year ma made up part of the line-up for the first ever Bitches Brew, taking the night by storm with an expanded rendition of the Hidden Door set.
After a break to create a new person, ma is back in the studio writing a new suite for double bass, piano and electronically manipulated sound.
ma playing in the incredible Cage Room at the Hidden Door Festival. Thanks to Archie MacFarlane for the photo.
Thanks to Dave Wah for the site recordings at the Hidden Door Festival.