Mai Leisz

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Mai Leisz (pronounced Lease) is a bassplayer and composer from the shadowland of the North: post-soviet country, Estonia, where she was born and raised. In 2010 she made the move to Sweden where she honed her craft as an electric bass player and composer. She started gaining wider exposure with her own jazz-fusion group MaiGroup as well as freelancing with different jazz bands and pop artists.

Her tireless work ethic, melodic bass playing and versatility has raised her name among the world’s top musicians. Mai is hailed as a music chameleon, moving effortlessly from pop, folk and country to jazz and blues.

In June 2015 she had couple of days off touring and was busking in the old town Stockholm with a veteran singer-songwriter Doug Seegers, when one of her favorite musicians in the world, multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz – on tour with Jackson Browne – happened to walk by. He was very moved by what he saw and heard, took note of Mai’s distinctive Kraftsman bass and informed bass player Bob Glaub, who was also on the tour. The next day Mai was invited to sit in with Jackson and his band at Stockholm Waterfront and thus began a whirl-wind adventure for a girl, who started her life on an island, in a village of 250 people and who now found herself relocating to Los Angeles, recording, writing and touring with a two-time member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – David Crosby; performing with Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Jim Keltner, Charles Lloyd, David Foster and Seal among others.

MaiGroup has released three albums: “Luv” (2013), “You” (2015) and the third album “Metamorphosis” was released in April 2019 featuring world renowned guests such as Bill Frisell, David Crosby, Charles Lloyd and Greg Leisz. 

 

Photo Credit: Anna Webber

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