Maria Faust (b. 1979, Kuressaare) is an Estonian saxophone player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Faust is best known in the fields of third stream jazz, modern big band music, improvised music, and other alternative genres. She is a member and co-founder of the record label Barefoot Records and the Northern European musical collective New Nordic Sounds.
In 2014, Maria Faust was nominated for and awarded Danish Music Awards (DMAs) in two categories – “Jazz Composer of the Year” and “Crossover Record of the Year” – for her most recent release, Maria Faust Sacrum Facere (Barefoot Records, 2014). In 2013, Maria was also nominated as “Composer of the Year” at the DMAs for her album Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe (Barefoot Records, 2013). That recording was also recognized with 2 nominations at the Estonian Music Awards, for “Jazz Composer of the Year” and “Best Cover Art.”
Maria leads several of her own bands, including the Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe, Maria Faust Sacrum Facere, and Pistol Nr. 9, as well as playing solo concerts and being a member of other smaller constellations. Her newest improvisation-based constellations involve natural sounds of instruments, as well as electronics and organic props (such as water and the human voice). Her bands have performed at the major festivals in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and have toured in Europe, USA, Russia and China.