EDUCATION

  • UFRJ - Brazilian Federal University of Music - Classical piano.

  •  Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro - Music Theory Program Certificate.

  •  UFF - Brazilian Federal Fluminense University - First Medieval Music Program Certificate.

  •  Santa Úrsula University in Rio de Janeiro - Third Medieval Music Program Certificate.

  •  Two years of Classical Piano Lessons with international pianist Luiz Medalha.

  •  Two years of Improvisation and Harmony with international pianist and arranger Luiz Eça.

  •  Composition with composer and Maestro Leonardo Sá.

  •  Voice with Maestro David Kyle in Seattle.

  •  Voice with Steve Wall, from the Seattle Opera.

  •  Medieval singing with Margriet Tindemans and the Seattle Medieval Women's Choir.

  •  Voice with Mady Kaye, from the Beat Divas and former Zach Theatre's singer, in Austin, TX.

  • Jazz piano, Herbie Hancock's Masterclass


“Keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Paula Maya creates
sophisticated and soothing melodies.”
- KUTX 98.9 ATX review of 'Iluminar'

“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

"Superb"
-
Wisconsin Public Radio NPR review of 'Iluminar'




SUMMARY


Paula Maya performs Bossa Nova.

Paula Maya is a 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 Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Her new CD 'Iluminar' was nominated for Best 2015/16 World-Global Fusion Album by One World Music in UK.

Before moving to Austin Paula Maya lived in Seattle where she co-hosted the Brazilian radio show Raízes, started her own record label Yellow House Records, released four CDs with her Seattle band and performed all over the Northwest. While there she 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, Orly Airport, Brasilia) and landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx (Itamaraty Palace, Copacabana Beach pavement, Biscayne Boulevard). Paula changed her stage name after moving to Seattle.

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

Paula Maya is a member of NARAS and a Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards voting member. Her record label Yellow House Records is registered with the state of Texas and signatory to the International AFM Labor Agreement. Paula also owns the publishing company Palavras e Sounds, affiliated with BMI.


“Together In Peace”, an international project Paula was invited to take part in, was released on 2017 International Peace Day, coordinated with the United Nations. In mid October it reached #2 on the Billboard World Chart!


Paula Maya has been teaching private lessons in classical piano technique, harmony, theory and improvisation for over 20 years. In addition, she was invited to teach a few music workshops at the EMP Museum in Seattle when it first opened, now called the Museum of Pop Culture.



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Paula Maya performs Bossa Nova.

Paula Maya is a 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 Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Her new CD 'Iluminar' was nominated for Best 2015/16 World-Global Fusion Album by One World Music in UK.

Before moving to Austin Paula Maya lived in Seattle where she co-hosted the Brazilian radio show Raízes, started her own record label Yellow House Records, released four CDs with her Seattle band and performed all over the Northwest. While there she 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, Orly Airport, Brasilia) and landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx (Itamaraty Palace, Copacabana Beach pavement, Biscayne Boulevard). Paula changed her stage name after moving to Seattle.

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


Paula Maya released her first CD New Perspective on Wow Mom Records in 1995, a label in Houston, just two years after moving from Brazil to the US. Five years later she founded her own label Yellow House Records together with her publishing company Palavras e Sounds, BMI, after the title track of Resurrection First 1/2 was featured in the movie The Learning Curve. So far she has released five titles under Yellow House, the latest being "Iluminar". KUTX 98.9 fm writes: "(in her latest release) Keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Paula Maya creates sophisticated and soothing melodies.” Her previous release, The 12, was featured on the Emerging Artist segment on the radio show Coast To Coast AM, with host George Noory. More press info here.

Paula attended the Federal University of Music in Rio de Janeiro for Classical Piano and received a Music Theory Program Certificate from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music. She studied Jazz piano, Improvisation, Harmony and Bossa Nova with the great pianist and arranger Luizinho Eça, composer of The Dolphin, which became a jazz standard, being recorded by musicians such as Stan Getz and Bill Evans. Eça used to call Paula, affectionately, 'geniozinho' (petite genius). She is from Rio de Janeiro, the birthplace of Bossa Nova. In fact her dad frequented Ipanema beach in the 40's, and Tom Jobim, composer of Girl from Ipanema, was part of that same group. After meeting Paula and watching her show at Bar Vinicius in Ipanema, the great Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell praised her as a young musician ahead of her generation, mentioning her name at some of his shows. These great musicians had a deep impact in Paula's life. Rio de Janeiro is also where Choro, a Brazilian be-bop-like music, was born a century before Bossa Nova.

Another strong influence is the eclectic community of musicians from different parts of the world that Paula is a part of, in Austin TX and in Seattle, where she used to live. Different genres inspire fresh music blends. While living in Seattle Paula had the opportunity of performing with her band at many festivals throught out the Northwest, including Bumbershoot, Folklife and Fremont Fair, and release four albums on her label. Since establishing residency in Austin TX, she has performed with her band at concert series such as: Austin NYE, sponsored by The City of Austin; McNay Summer Jazz Series, sponsored by KRTU in San Antonio; Bscene Bossa Nova, produced by The Blanton Museum of the Arts in Austin; Dancing in the City, sponsored by The City of El Paso. And at several festivals, including Houston International Festival, Austin Jazz Fest and Leon Valley Jazz Festival.

Besides leading her own groups, Paula has performed with dozens of bands in a variety of music styles, from the legendary jazz /swing /MPB Orquestra Tabajara in Brazil to the Seattle Medieval Women's Choir, led by the great Margriet Tindemans (1951-2014). 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.

Paula Maya is also a music teacher. She has been teaching private lessons in classical piano technique, harmony, theory and improvisation for 30 years. In addition, she was invited to teach a few music workshops at the EMP Museum in Seattle when it first opened, now called Museum of Pop Culture.

Paula Maya and her label Yellow House Records have presented several music concerts, including: Music Without Boundaries (2015 Austin, TX); 2018 International Women's Day (with a grant from the City of Austin, TX); The First Women in Austin Music Fest (2018).


Paula has also dedicated much time and energy to community service. As a Seattle resident earlier in her career, Paula volunteered as a Portuguese interpreter for over 10 years with the Red Cross as an After Hours On Call Interpreter and worked for 15 years as a Portuguese interpreter in the Court System.

For 12 years she co-hosted the weekly Brazilian radio show Raizes, on KBCS 91.3FM in Seattle/ Bellevue.