Paula Maya is a Brazilian keyboardist, singer and songwriter from Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of bossa nova and of the not so well known 'Brazilian be-bop' called Chorinho. A producer and recording artist with five studio releases, one live album, and songs in several compilations, including Delicacy, featuring songs with artists such as Jimmy Cliff.
Paula grew up in Copacabana beach and attended the Federal University of Music in Rio de Janeiro to study classical piano. She graduated from the Brazilian Music Conservatory in Music Theory and was also a student of the great Luizinho Eça, who used to call her, affectionately, 'geniozinho' (petite genius). Prior to leading her own groups, Paula performed with dozens of bands in a variety of music styles, including the legendary jazz /swing /MPB Orquestra Tabajara in Brazil. She has shared the stage with artists such as Caetano Veloso, Leila Pinheiro, Djavan, Vinicius Cantuaria, Teo Lima and Batacoto, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit, Mitch Watkins and The Presidents of the United States of America.
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