ArinMaya // Sounds
ArinMaya is an experimental multi-genre soundscapist, singer/songwriter and artist hailing from Brooklyn, NY by way of Chicago's south side. With a vocal and writing style that draws influences from visionaries like Bobby McFerrin, Nina Simone, and Amel Larrieux, ArinMaya relishes in improvisation and the artistic process. Her performances are an exciting fertile ground for musical exchange with her diverse audiences.
ArinMaya easily navigates her way through jazz, folk, hip-hop, soul and electrobeat, landing on a style she likes to call ambient soul, which blends her warm round tones with evocative songwriting and wordplay. Her body of work reflects her love for collaborating with like-minded producers and artists, including Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Maya Azucena, world-renown emcee John Robinson, DJ/producer Rich Medina, and many more.
ArinMaya has performed in cities from New York to Madrid, and from Berlin to Washington DC. She has several singles, three EPs and one live, in-studio full length album, Let the Love Come.
ArinMaya // Creations
ArinMaya, is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist and artisan who creates works that are smart and sustainable via her handmade line, ArinMayaMade. Self- and mother-taught, she has been learning, creating and innovating for over 20 years. Her handmade designs include original patterned knit and crochet scarves, hats and jewelry, as well as jewelry and accessories made from recycled and up-cycled materials such as bottle caps, tee shirts, wine corks and buttons. Her work has been featured in O Magazine and on MTV's "Made" series.
Says ArinMaya: I've always been drawn to color, fallen away from convention, and been driven to make the impossible work. I'm drawn to the beauty in the unconventional. Even in music, when I write harmonies, they may not be pretty, but they make you feel something you love - something you didn't know you needed, but do.
As an artist instructor, ArinMaya engages and encourages students to identify their own unique voices and to explore the possibilities therein. She has had the unique opportunity to work with people of all ages across the disciplines of dance, step, music and handmade arts in New York, Chicago, Virginia and Washington D.C.; her most recent offerings have been community DIY workshops at Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn's Myrtle Avenue BID, and Weeksville Heritage Center. ArinMaya hopes to continue teaching and spreading a love for creativity in all things to people worldwide. For more information, visit www.arinmayamade.etsy.com and www.arinmaya.com.
ArinMaya // Community
Arin Maya Lawrence is a singer/songwriter, vocal soundscapist and sound practitioner who has shared her voice and music throughout the United States and Europe. She believes there is a vast transformational power in music, and seeks to create opportunities to bring out and share this power through circlesinging in non-traditional spaces.
Arin is actively engaged in vocal improvisation practice and sound healing arts, and has trained with such teachers as Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon and Voicestra, Kate Geller and the New York Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute. She creates and facilitates community-based circle-singing workshops, and often works with Stephanie Rooker's Voice Journey Sound Center as a circlesongs workshop facilitator. Her aim is to spread love for self and others by encouraging group synergy and clearer communication through sound and song.