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 is a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and recording artist with six CDs released and songs in several compilations with artists such as Jimmy Cliff and Carolyn Wonderland.Texas Music Monthly writes about Paula's latest release 'Iluminar': "It’s all rolled together so seamlessly that it makes for a captivating whole."

In the Top Ten World Music Bands in the 2015 and 2014 Austin Chronicle Music Awards.
Paula Maya and her band have performed at some of the largest music festivals in the US including Bumbershoot in Seattle, Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco and Austin New Years Eve at Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX.

Paula Maya is a member of NARAS and a Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards voting member.

Nominated Best Brazilian Musician living in the USA in the Focus Web News 2016 Press Awards.

She is the owner of Yellow House Records, 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, born Paula Burle de Niemeyer, is a keyboardist, singer, songwriter, band leader and teacher from Rio de Janeiro, nominated Best Brazilian Musician living in the USA. She is a recording artist with six CDs released and songs in several compilations with artists such as Jimmy Cliff and Carolyn Wonderland. Her 5-piece music group performances are exhilarating with songs that bring together traditional Brazilian instruments and music styles such as Bossa Nova with other Latin rhythms, electric instruments and American Pop. The lyrics are heard in Portuguese and English. Paula Maya's passionate voice and keyboard playing and the delicious interplay between herself and her international band members always create a high energy, fun and positive experience, with a repertoire that includes timeless songs from the Bossa Nova era, such as Girl From Ipanema, and Maya's original material.

Maya's 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. Matthew Forss, music writer for Canada-based Inside World Music, writes: “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."

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 has songs in several compilations, including Delicacy, featuring artists such as Jimmy Cliff.

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. For student's testimonials please go here.

Paula Maya and her label Yellow House Records have presented several music concerts, including Music Without Boundaries in Austin, TX. To learn more about it please see paulamaya.com/presents

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.