PAULA MAYA

Paula Maya's current project focuses on Bossa Nova, also known as Brazilian Jazz.

Paula Maya is a keyboardist, singer, songwriter, band leader and recording artist with six CDs released and songs in several compilations with artists such as Jimmy Cliff and Carolyn Wonderland. In 2016 she was nominated Best Brazilian Musician living in the US by the Focus Web News Brazilian International Press Awards. Her band was voted one of the Top Ten World Music Bands in 2015 and 2014 in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Her new CD 'Iluminar' was nominated Best 2015/16 World-Global Fusion Album by One World Music, UK.

Paula Maya has performed in several universities and countless festivals, clubs and listening rooms in the US and Brazil including Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Fremont Fair (Seattle), Austin New Years Eve (Auditorium Shores), Blanton Museum Bscene Bossa Nova (Austin), McNay Art Museum Concert Series (San Antonio), Dancing in the City (El Paso), International Music Festival (Houston), University of Texas at Austin, Beco Das Garrafas (Rio de Janeiro). More info: http://www.paulamaya.com/history

Before moving to Austin in 2011 Paula lived in Seattle, after moving to the US from Rio de Janeiro. While there she co-hosted the Brazilian radio show Raízes for twelve years, started her own record label Yellow House Records, released four CDs with her Seattle band, performed all over the Northwest and was voted Best Brazilian Songwriter by the Seattle Weekly. Born Paula Burle de Niemeyer, her family name is largely known in Brazil and abroad due to two of her second cousins, the architect Oscar Niemeyer (United Nations in NY, Orly Airport in Paris, Brasilia, Brazil's capital) and landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx (Itamaraty Palace, Copacabana Beach pavement, Rio de Janeiro city parks and gardens).


“Keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Paula Maya creates sophisticated and soothing melodies.”
- KUTX 98.9, Austin TX

"The Blanton Museum of Art was very fortunate to have Paula Maya and her band play at our B scene: Bossa Nova event. In addition to being excellent musicians, they were also fantastic to work with and their sound was absolutely perfect for our theme. I would highly recommend them and hope to work with them again soon."
- The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin TX


"Superb!"
- Wisconsin Public Radio, NPR



“Paula Maya creates a stunning release with a good dose of South American pizzazz. Iluminar lights up any mood or situation with grace and authenticity.”
- Inside World Music, Canada

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