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Analog Done Right: MaiGroup Metamorphosis LP Features Stunning Original Music, A-List Guests, and Audiophile Sound Distinguished by Tonal Purity and Black Backgrounds

Led by virtuoso bassist Mai Leisz, and featuring memorable guest appearances by multi-disciplined luminaries Bill Frisell and Charles Lloyd – as well as folk icon David Crosby – MaiGroup's shape-shifting Metamorphosis carries jazz fusion into the future while nodding to its rich past. Co-produced by multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (who also plays on the album and happens to be Mai's husband), the 2019 original work further impresses with audiophile-grade sonics courtesy of the LP's dead-silent surfaces and astute recording qualities. Distinguished with spectacular balances, wide-ranging dynamics, front-to-back soundstages, focused images, and a purity of tone that brings the instrumental colors to the fore, this is analog done right. And it happens to spotlight a musician who deserves a far bigger stage.

Estonia-born and raised, Leisz is renowned for her melodic style and fluid versatility that witnesses her seamlessly move between pop, folk, rock, country, jazz, and blues. After a chance meeting with Jackson Browne in 2015, she relocated to Los Angeles and found herself performing with Browne, Crosby, Joan Baez, Jim Keltner, Seal, David Foster, and others. In the time since, she's received a national scholarship for the Royal Swedish Music Academy, a scholarship from Alice Babs Jazz, and a nomination for Jazz Cat Newcomer by Swedish Radio.

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David Crosby: MaiGroup - Metamorphosis

Episode 2: 𝑫𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒅 𝑪𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒃𝒚. I met Croz for the first time in Oslo in 2015. Few weeks after he heard my previous album 𝑌𝑜𝑢, he sent me a song he co-wrote with Michael McDonald and asked me to record some fretless bass on it. That was the beginning to our friendship and playing in a band together. He has been a huge believer in me and my music and for that I am forever grateful. He and his other half Jan, were the first people to hear 𝑴𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒑𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒔 on the day I received the mastered album from Sweden. We were sitting on their couch, listening to the songs I’ve written with the blood of my heart, and their feedback was so incredibly beautiful. This album features a song that David and I wrote together, called “Here It’s Almost Sunset” which was also released on his “Sky Trails” album in 2017 but we made a totally different version with MaiGroup and had my love, Greg Leisz, play lap steel and 12-string guitar on it. Greg and I are also on background vocals.

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Jackson Browne: MaiGroup - Metamorphosis

Jackson Browne has been by my side as a friend, mentor and a stage partner since the day we met in 2015. He had a huge role in making it possible for me to record my recent album “𝑴𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒑𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒔” with my group 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩. He came to the studio while we were recording, hung out with us and inspired us all. He was so kind to loan his guitar to my guitarist @callestalenbring, so all the guitar on this album is played with Jackson’s Gibson 345. He was also one of the first persons to hear the music once it was mixed and mastered. His feedback was so loving and means the whole world to me. Thank you, Jackson, for your endless love, kindness and support.

MAIGROUP - METAMORPHOSIS VINYLS ARE NOW ON SALE ON MY WEBSITE: www.maileisz.com/store-1

"Metamorphosis" is receiving high recognition

It’s been 1,5 months since MaiGroup Metamorphosis came out. Mai Leisz’s new album has got amazing album reviews all over the world.

The next chapter is a beautiful fretless bass and guitar duet “Gregory” featuring Bill Frisell (guitarist and composer of more than four decades). The guitar work is full of emotion and experience, masterful and melodic. The fretless bass is sad, beautiful and hopeful all at the same time. Brilliantly kept as a duet, the format leaves space for the listener to really appreciate the melodies, the dynamics, and the mood. It is raw, exposed, vulnerable, and beautiful – exactly what this whole story is about. - Eric Larson, Fretlessbass.com

Read more below:

http://www.fretlessbass.com/album-review-maigroup-metamorphosis-mai-leisz/

Mai Leisz is featured in the latest Bass Magazine

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Learn about Mai’s fairytale rise to the top that led to landing gigs with with rock royalty in this month's feature story on her. Read it here:

https://issuu.com/bassmagazine/docs/bass_magazine_issue2_issuu_v2_6d3cb9409e27a3

… Leisz was able to focus on her own band, MaiGroup, which just released its latest album, Metamorphosis. The beautiful jazz-fusion-meets-singer–songwriter record features a slew offamous collaborators along with Mai’s lyrical fretless playing and smooth lines. Her ethereal soloing on “Monarch,” “Gregory,” and “Metamorphosis” shows just how heavy of a player the once small-town girl has become. And like every good story full of ups and downs, unexpected twists, conflict, and peril, Mai has emerged a new person, and her tale is one to surely continue on happily ever after. - Jon D’Auria, Bass Magazine

MaiGroup - Metamorphosis - album of the week!

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Estonia: MaiGroup’s new album Metamorhosis is the album of the week in Eesti Ekspress. Read the beautiful review by Priit Hõbemägi HERE.

“Metamorphosis symbolizes my growth as a musician and as a person”, Mai Leisz, bassplayer and composer who is originally from Saaremaa, Estonia, wrote in the booklet of her new album “Metamorphosis”. Mai who has studied music in Estonia and Sweden, recorded her new album in USA, flying her Swedish co-musicians over to Los Angeles. Mai’s music is narrative, even literary and it is also supported by song titles which usually bring a certain shape and mood before one’s eyes. Everyone in the band is a virtuoso on their instrument and Mai’s dialogue with each member is very enjoyable. Her bass tone is smooth, yet demanding and self-defining through the entire album.

There are several world famous stars featured on the album, for example David Crosby on “Here It’s Almost Sunset” (which is a new version of a song that Mai and David co-wrote together, released on David Crosby’s “Sky Trails” album in 2017); saxophone player Charles Lloyd on “Three Nights” and guitarist Bill Frisell on “Gregory”. Their performances all shine but they blend perfectly with the group of young Estonian-Swedish musicians. The listener can perceive clarity, purity and sorrow in Mai’s music. It’s filled with nature and pure emotion. Several pieces have a connection with butterflies and in the music one can even detect the fluttering rhythm of the butterfly wings as they fly in the currents of the air.

Mai Leisz’s album Metamorphosis is undoubtedly a new level in her music where jazz superstars support her musical ideas, enriching it with their own experiences and helping her songs to reach even loftier heights.


Mai joins the Fodera family!

We’re very excited to officially welcome Mai Leisz to the Fodera family! Holding down the low end with both her own group and with songwriting legend David Crosby, Mai’s playing covers a wide range of styles with authority and nuance. For her upcoming tours you can catch her playing our Emperor J Classic strung with La Bella flat wounds. Also be sure to check out her newest album “Metamorphosis” with guest artists David Crosby and Bill Frisell out now! - Fodera

Photo by Sven Tupits. Festival Jazzkaar, Tallinn, Estonia. 2019.

Photo by Sven Tupits. Festival Jazzkaar, Tallinn, Estonia. 2019.

MaiGroup-Metamorphosis - out now!

Bassist Mai Leisz has been keeping busy for the past few years playing with David Crosby in his Sky Trails band. Prior to her incredible journey to the U.S. she was releasing music with her own band, MaiGroup. Now she’s culminated her recent experiences into a new album, aptly entitled Metamorphosis. 

The album features Leisz on fretted and fretless basses, spending equal time between foundational grooves and sublime melodicism. Three special guests make appearances including David Crosby, guitarist Bill Frisell, and saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Mai’s husband, co-producer and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz, also appears on three tracks, adding to the album’s personal touch.

Track list:

  1. Monarch

  2. Jackson’s Front Yard

  3. Palos Verdes Blue

  4. Here It’s Almost Sunset (feat. David Crosby)

  5. Gregory (feat. Bill Frisell)

  6. Three Nights (feat. Charles Lloyd)

  7. Planted, Not Buried

  8. Metamorphosis

Buy the album on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Deezer etc. CD’s are available for purchase on

https://www.311.ee/mai-leisz-eng

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MaiGroup feat. Charles Lloyd

Third guest on “Metamorphosis” is a person who could be considered a symbol of freedom in Estonia - the living legend - maestro Charles Lloyd.

He played on a lovesong, called “Three Nights” with the kind of tenderness that brought tears to our eyes while listening to him play. - Mai Leisz

Photo by Dorothy Darr

Photo by Dorothy Darr

MaiGroup feat. Greg Leisz

And finally… the beating heart of me and MaiGroup’s upcoming album is …. Greg Leisz. Not only has he inspired me to write all the songs but he is also my co-producer, my most trusted companion and my biggest supporter. He literally sat under the piano while I was writing the songs and I would ask his opinion in everything I did. He played on 3 songs on “Metamorphosis” including the title track which we also wrote together. The amount of beauty that this man has brought into the world through his music is beyond admirable… but more than anything I am so grateful that even though we missed so many years in each other’s lives due to things that are beyond our control - we finally found each other and we are committed to this love we share…. And this is the love you will hear on MaiGroup’s album “Metamorphosis” due to be released on April 23. - Mai Leisz

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Mai Leisz with Bill Frisell

Photo by Greg Leisz

Photo by Greg Leisz

The second guest on MaiGroup “Metamorphosis” is a soulful jazz minimalist with a sophisticated sense of harmony, a daring rhythmic approach, and an instantly recognizable, personal" sound - Bill Frisell. Mai and Bill play a duet on “Gregory”. “Gregory” original band version was released on MaiGroup’s second album “You” (2015).

MaiGroup feat. David Crosby

The first guest artist on MaiGroup’s upcoming album Metamorphosis, due to be released on April 23 2019, is the two time member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - David Crosby.

I’m beyond grateful to have my big inspiration and my friend, David Crosby, sing on one song “Here It’s Almost Sunset” which David and I wrote together. It was also released as our first single. That’s us in the studio recoding his vocals… His singing is absolutely sublime….This is such an honor for me and even though I have been playing bass in his Sky Trails band for a few years now and we have become really close friends, I still have to pinch myself - David Crosby singing on MY album? Thank you David… - Mai Leisz

Photo by Greg Leisz

Photo by Greg Leisz

Here it’s almost sunset feat. David crosby

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MaiGroup’s first single “Here It’s Almost Sunset”, a song that Mai wrote with David Crosby, is now out worldwide on all the major platforms! It’s a brand new version of a song that was released on David’s “Sky Trails” album in 2017.

David Crosby - vocals
Mai Leisz - bass & background vocals
Greg Leisz - lap steel guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals
Calle Stålenbring - guitar
Jonathan Lundberg - drums
Mixed by Jim Scott/Plyrz Studios
Mastered by Thomas Eberger/Stockholm Mastering

Joni 75

Mai had the honor to attend Joni Mitchell’s birthday celebrations at Dorothy Chandler pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. See some photos below.