Mai Agan

All About Jazz user Mai Agan

Estonia

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Estonian female bassplayer Mai Agan is a new shining star of the bass guitar world. She has attracted the attention with her versatility, musicality and power in different music genres: jazz, pop and rock bands, sharing the stage with Estonian top musicians: KERLI, Tiit Paulus, Ain Agan, Riho Sibul, Jaak Johanson, Tanel Ruben, Toomas Rull, Kaire Vilgats, Teele Viira etc. She is the leader of a jazz-fusion band MaiGroup and a power-guitar trio MaiTrio with whom she plays her own original music. MaiGroup released debutalbum “LUV” in April 2013!

Mai was born in Kuressaare, on an island Saaremaa, Estonia. She played the violin for 8 years and first touched the bass at the age of 16. It was a moment of recognition. Estonian “Jazz King” Tiit Paulus became her new teacher in 2004 and they played together in a band 2+2=5. Mai started playing with the great masters in an early age since Tiit often invited his friends to play with 2+2=5 (Ain Agan, Lembit Saarsalu, Jaak Sooäär etc). Mai continued her studies in Georg Ots Tallinn Music School where Raul Vaigla became her teacher. He had been Mai’s favorite musician for years (he still is!) so these years with Mr. Vaigla were extremely inspiring. He has stayed by her side as a good friend and a teacher. Mai graduated in spring 2010 and after that moved to Sweden. She studied one year at one of the best jazz schools in Scandinavia - Skurups Folkhögskola and at the moment Mai is studying at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In April 2010 she won the best instrumentalist prize on Uno Naissoo Compostions Contest.

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