PAULA MAYA

Paula Maya 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. Paula Maya's passionate voice, keyboard playing and songwriting, with lyrics in both English and Portuguese, create a powerful and fresh sound. Her 5-piece music group performances are exhilarating with songs that bring together traditional Brazilian percussion instruments and music styles such as Bossa Nova with other Latin rhythms, electric instruments and American Pop. Paula Maya and the delicious interplay between band members always create a high energy, fun and unforgettable experience, with musicians of the highest caliber and a repertoire that includes timeless songs, such as Girl From Ipanema, and Maya's original material.



She has performed in countless festivals, universities, clubs and listening rooms in the US and Brazil. 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. 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 performs with her 5-piece group, her smaller ensemble and as a solo artist.



"Superb!"
- Wisconsin Public Radio NPR



"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


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