Mai Leisz

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.

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“Mai is a melodic bass player, which makes her really unique. It’s a difficult style and requires an enormous amount of talent and musical knowledge. It’s not something you hear every day. Even within the narrow field of melodic bassists, Mai’s sound is unique and impressive.” (David Crosby)

“Mai is everything a band looks for in a bassist - melodic, technically proficient, innately talented, and hugely dedicated to her work. She’s had great success with her own band (MaiGroup) and has also collaborated with some legendary artists, including David Crosby. She’s released two outstanding studio albums which she wrote and produced herself

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