Maxfield Anderson is a contemporary mandolinist, vocalist, songwriter, and composer born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is currently studying Performance with a concentration in American Roots Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Max was introduced to the guitar at a young age, but truly fell in love with music during his middle and high school years as a violinist in school orchestras, youth symphonies, and pits for school musicals. He began exploring outside of classical world and fell in love with the sound Bluegrass and Western swing fiddle, and eventually the bright, powerful sound of the mandolin.
Since being accepted to Berklee in 2015, Max took part in forming Pretty Saro, a modern acoustic quartet, joined the progressive folk collective - BAERD, started a weekly video series - Field Recording Sessions, spent two summer performing in the Bluegrass Jamboree at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio. In addition to performing alongside banjo innovator Tony Trischka and revered Nashville session guitarist Bobby Stanton, Max has performed in Boston and across New England at Freshgrass, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, House of Blues, Lizard Lounge, the Burren Backroom. He has also performed at fundraisers for the Berklee American Roots Music Program, Boston City, and Virginia Senator and Democratic Vice President-elect Tim Kaine.
Photograph by Louise Bichan