Award winning pianist and singer. 'I provide music for wedding ceremonies, receptions, private parties and corporate functions, with over 20 years experience and stellar references. Performances range from solo to a quintet. My repertoire includes bossa nova, classical pieces, jazz standards and special requests. We've performed at Austin Jazz Fest, Katy Jazz Fest, Blanton Bscene Bossa Nova, Houston International Fest and more. I'd love to help make your event unforgettable with my experience and passion for what I do. Set lists are customized to each event and we strive to create a professional, no-hassle, authentic, fun and enjoyable experience to all our clients, from start to finish!'
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.
Upcoming Booked Events
|December 01, 2018 • 8:30pm - 11:30pm||Birthday Party|
Past Booked Events
|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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