Maria Faust (born in 1979 in 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 more alternative music styles. She is a member and co-founder of Barefoot Records.
Maria Faust is a multiple winner of Danish Music Awards 2014 in categories “Jazz Composer of the Year” and “Cross-over Record of the Year”. She has been nominated to Estonian Music Awards several times.
Maria leads many of her own bands, including Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe, Maria Faust Sacrum Facere and Shitney Spears, as well as playing solo concerts and being a member of other smaller constellations. Her newest impro constellations involve natural sounds of the instruments, as well as electronics and organic props (such as water and the human voice). Her bands have played the major music festivals in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Italy, Germany and have toured in Europe, USA, Russia and China.