"Baylado" CD and tour
Andrew Maz received a D.M.A in Early Music at USC
Thornton School of Music, specializing in music of Medieval and
Renaissance Spain. At USC, he learned to play the lute, the vihuela,
tenor viol, and the cittern. His studies concentrated medieval
song cycles such as the Cantigas de Martin Codax and the Cantigas
de Santa Maria. He formed his own group, Ensemble Vigo, to further
explore and perform this music. His thesis on the 16th-century
Spanish Villancico earned him a Masters in Musicology from UCLA.
He has done extensive research on the vihuela repertory, particularly
the settings of Romances and Villancicos. Andrew’s instrumental
studies also include ten years of classical guitars studies with
Pepe and Celin Romero.
Andrew also studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough during
his undergraduate years at UCSD. He soon discovered that his interest
was primarily in electronic music. This led to his studies with
Rand Steiger. He also explored microtonal music with John Fonville.
Andrew was strongly drawn to minimalist composers such as Steve
Reich and Philip Glass. At the same time, he was fascinated by
the music and electronics by Morton Subotnick.
Andrew is currently working as a sound engineer for several film
projects. He has engineered and produced several albums and runs
an independent record label. His present fascination is studying
the effects of technology and has it has changed the creation,
distribution, and perception of music.