Maya Green Mortman is a dynamic and versatile bassist out of Boston, Mass. She specializes in R&B, rock, and reggae. She has performed and recorded for over ten years in a variety of genres and settings. Her playing builds on a foundation of jazz and classical double bass, as well as experience with orchestras, large and small jazz ensembles, theater, folk, and singer-songwriters. The lively spirit she brings to any style originates from her love of rock music. Surrounded by forests and farms during her Northwest Connecticut childhood, she formed a strong connection to nature’s rhythms and cycles; this background brings a deep sense of connection, presence, and groove to her playing. Maya has also performed as backup and lead vocalist, arranger, and songwriter.
Maya studies at Berklee College of Music towards an artist diploma in professional bass performance. She has studied with Whit Browne (Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie), Susan Hagen (Boston Pops, BSO), Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D’Rivera), and Kenny Werner. In March 2018 she received the Bass Department Outstanding Performer award and scholarship. Maya also holds a BA in English and French from Skidmore College.
Currently Maya performs with Boston-based “bummer-pop” band Future Teens, and has rocked out at The Sinclair (Boston) and Rough Trade Records (NYC). In July 2018, Improper Bostonian featured Future Teens in "Top 10 Local Acts on the Rise".
Maya shares her passion through organizations that empower women and girls through music. With Girls Rock Camp Boston she works as an instrument instructor and band coach, and with The Wild Woman Project she serves as lead musician for Wild Women Fest (New Lebanon, NY).