I provide music for wedding ceremonies, receptions, private parties, corporate functions and more. I would love to help make your event a great success! The stellar reviews I've received over the years booking through my website and more recently through Gig Salad is due to great and personalized customer service, flexibility and absolute passion for what I do, with a deep commitment to my client's vision, including the song list. My repertoire includes jazz standards, show tunes, bossa nova and classical pieces. I've worked in many of the best venues in Texas, including: Texas Federation of Women's Clubs; Lakeway Golf Club; The Addison Grove; Austin Jazz Fest; Blanton Museum; McNay Museum
We hired Paula to play background piano at a 50th anniversary party, and she did a great job. Thank you, Paula!
Response from Paula Maya:
Thanks so much, Jennifer, it was a real treat for us to be a part of your in-laws 50th anniversary party. What a lovely couple. Thank you for hiring me! Hope you feel better. Best!
I needed an accompanist on short notice. Paula was prompt, great communication and very talented. She was really excellent to work with. I’d highly recommend her.
Response from Paula Maya:
Thanks so much Laura! It was my pleasure to play for you and your mom. I had a blast with the event and had fun hanging out with Kathy. Hope she had a wonderful birthday!
Not only is Paula an incredibly talented pianist, she was a joy to work with! She was professional through and through. She put me at ease about my concerns about having live music at a residential birthday party because she is very experienced and knows how these things go - they go amazingly well with Paula at the keys! And in the context of my party, it was like a dream to have her rather than music over speakers because the tone of having a real musician on a piano gave the sound of the room beautiful dimension and therefore, the tone of the party felt like a very comfortable space for our guests. The sound of my typical sound system (just sonos) has a bit of a deafening effect on the party because all the sounds were sort of normalized so it hd the effect of white noise. But when Paula got on, the whole party came alive. The bright tone of Paula’s musical style gave the guests a beautiful treat to listen to when pausing in conversation and actually augmented our ability to hold lovely conversation and have good laughs. The mood of all my guests was at 100% and I think Paula was one of the big contributors to that. My guests went in for days about how it was such a nice touch.
More about Paula and why you should definitely hire her for your next event - Her repertoire is HUGE! She can play any style and she is an expert on the keys. I highly recommend consulting with her and searching the titles within her repertoire for ideas for your event. I discovered some new artists who I’m now listening to all the time, because I like them so much. She offered to learn any songs I wanted, which sounded very appealing to me until I listened to the songs in her repertoire and found that the songs she already knew were cooler than any of my ideas. Her repertoire really is just that good. I picked out like, Maybe 69 songs just from her American repertoire that I loved and we only needed about 30 for the 3-hours of playtime. So the fantastic songs she already knew were more than enough for me.
She sings REALLY well, she can improvise, she knows how to put on a show, and be part of a show. She is a talented performer in all respects. We had this coordinated thing we tried to do with lighting the candles on my husband’s 40th birthday cake and this little show with an aerialist, and Paula playing and singing happy birthday - it could have been really tricky to time it all perfectly but Paula just saved the day on the whole thing because this isn’t her first rodeo - she knew just what to do to make blowing out the candles on my husband’s 40th birthday cake the perfect moment. It was truly just beautiful thanks to Paula. She made that moment and the entire party so incredibly special and memorable. I can’t believe we were so fortunate to have such incredible talent as Paula.
She was so kind and communicative but before during and after the party. She was thankfully able to work with some mixups I made with scheduling and she was just professional the whole way through. She made sure to come and introduce herself when she arrived at the party. She conducted her job at the party perfectly, as far as starting on time and everything like that, and she played beautifully. I was very impressed with her professionalism.
I received the video from our event today and the videographer ended
Up capturing a good deal of video of Paula because she really was just stunning on the keys. Hugely impressive and my guests are still reaching out to me to tell me how much fun they have and how Paula was just such a great addition to the whole event. They loved her, we loved her, Imwouod absolutely recommend Paula any day. If you need a pianist and Paula is available - I’m telling you book now, because you will never find a pianist like her. She is the real deal!!
Response from Paula Maya:
Wow Julianna, you are so kind!! It was my pleasure to play your beautiful piano, and everyone was so nice! I was also impressed with your ability to communicate and know what you wanted. Your review truly touched my heart. It brings me much joy to know that I contributed to make your party a HUGE success! Congratulations. I wish you and your husband all the very best.
Paula brought a diverse repertoire and delivered it with a beautiful voice and wonderful piano playing. Will definitely hire her again!
Response from Paula Maya:
Thank you so much Robert! It was my pleasure to provide music for your birthday!! Glad you and your guests had a lot of fun!
"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."
Response from Paula Maya:
Thank you so much Stacey, it was our honor and privilege! Looking forward to next time!
Price Range: $150 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Portuguese
What to Expect
Our goal is to provide an enjoyable and stress free musical experience. Often, I'm hired solo as a pianist or with my band to be ambient/background music for parties or events. We play a wide range of styles and strive to enhance the ambience while at the same time allowing for conversation. We will gladly take special requests and will have as much or as little interaction as guests desire.
For wedding ceremonies, I like to meet with clients and determine what they'd love to hear. I've had brides march down the aisle to 'You've Got a Friend In Me' by Randy Newman as well as the traditional Mendelssohn's Wedding March. I encourage couples to be creative, as the music they choose will help make their special day a memorable one. I am very flexible and can learn any song with as little as a youtube link or mp3.
Paula Maya 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). Paula is a pianist/keyboardist, singer, songwriter, band leader and teacher. 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.
Besides leading her own groups, Paula has performed with dozens of bands in a variety of music styles, from the legendary jazz /swing Orquestra Tabajara, led by the famous clarinetist Severino Araújo, to the Seattle Medieval Women's Choir, led by the great Margriet Tindemans. She has shared the stage with artists such as Caetano Veloso, Leila Pinheiro, Djavan, Vinicius Cantuaria, Teo Lima and Bossa Rio, Batacotô, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit, Mitch Watkins, Glenn Fukunaga, Paul Klemperer, Indragit Benergee, The Presidents of the United States of America and many more.
I've received international radio airplay with my 6th release 'Iluminar', and rave reviews on Texas Music Monthly, 360 Magazine, KUTX and NPR. I 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, Austin Jazz Fest, Katy Jazz Fest, Leon Valley Jazz Fest, Blanton Bscene Bossa Nova and many more.
"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." - Stacey Hoyt, Manager of Special Events
BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART
“Keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Paula Maya creates
sophisticated and soothing melodies.”
- KUTX 98.9 ATX review of 'Iluminar'
Additional Booking Notes
We provide all instruments, microphones, stands and a PA (Yamaha STAGEPAS - very compact, unobtrusive and powerful) where required. Perfect for most standard house/wedding/private functions, will cover a medium ballroom sized area.
Past Booked Events
|March 16, 2019 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|February 15, 2019 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|January 25, 2019 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Talent Competition|
|December 16, 2018 • 2:30pm - 5:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 01, 2018 • 8:30pm - 11:30pm||Birthday Party|
|September 03, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Birthday Party|
|October 23, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Blanton Museum of Art|
|September 26, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Party - El Paso|
|Paula Maya||Voice and piano|
|Luiz Coutinho||Drums and percussion|
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