Maris and Bryce O’Tierney compose and perform music and lyric poetry as duo maeve & quinn (voices, guitar, violin, piano, percussion). Classically trained musicians, maeve & quinn draw from jazz/improvisation, indie pop, and Irish trad. Their dynamic relationship as twin sisters actively shapes their collaboration and artistry, as does a strong thread of storytelling from the pioneering women in their family. maeve & quinn grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and their music evokes that expansive landscape, its mountains, inlet, glaciers.
maeve & quinn are currently based in Chicago, where they perform in concert regularly. They are recording artists; they released their new album something overheard, something overhead in August 2018. maeve & quinn also compose for symphony orchestra. Commissions include: Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (2016-17 season); Chicago Composers Orchestra (2018-19 season).
Maris and Bryce studied at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (Maris, Voice Performance and Guitar Performance; Bryce, Violin Performance). Bryce also holds an MPhil in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Trinity College, Dublin. Maris adds to the palette of influences with her experience as a curator of exhibitions and performance programs for art museums in Anchorage, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.