Brown Sound News:
Brazilian-born, Austin-based keyboardist, singer, songwriter and music teacher Paula Maya is on her 2016 Fall Regional Tour which runs through November. Maya will be performing songs from her critically acclaimed eight track CD, “Iluminar,” as well as new works from her forthcoming album, including bi-lingual songs she wrote effortlessly in English and Portuguese.
In her set, she often includes at least one Patsy Cline song. “It happened organically,” said Maya. “I was trying out new sounds and was learning some songs by the great Dolly Parton. But it wasn’t such a great fit for my voice. Then I found Patsy Cline! I like sad songs, and love the songs she sings. They are perfect for my voice, which has a longing quality to it, so to speak. At first I was very nervous. What is a Brazilian girl doing, singing classic country songs? But again and again my lovely audience proved my intuition to be right.”
Maya was nominated for Best Brazilian Musician living in the USA in the Focus Web News 2016 Press Awards. Before she goes on tour, she and her band will kick it off with an early show at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard at Brazilian Music in the Backyard, with guest Sergio Yazbec (former guitarist of the hugely popular Brazilian band Cidade Negra) on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 5-8 p.m.; $10 and free for children 12 and under.
Two Austin musicians, Carlos Millo Ufret and Javier Jara, have also been named new Artists in Residence at the ESB–MACC, as announced by Jara on his Facebook page. He added, “Many exciting musical productions in the horizon. Stay tuned.”
Congratulations to Santiago Jiménez Jr. for receiving the National Medal of Arts at the White House last month, along with eleven other artists in various fields, including literary, theater, and more.
To Do Música – October
El Conjunto Nueva Ola, who performed at SXSW Music Festival in 2015 and returned this year to perform during the SXAmericas event at the Austin Music Hall for Lucha Underground, (televised on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network), are returning to Austin on Friday, Oct. 28 as they “modernize the cumbia” at 10 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina. Doors are 9 p.m.
The General Ballot for voting for artists for the Tejano Music Awards is now available and voting ends at midnight (Central) on Saturday, Oct. 15. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio.
Katia Cardenal and Nina Cardenal from Nicaragua will be in town for one show on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blackerby Recital Hall. They will be hosted by Centroamericanto Fest, led by Mauricio Callejas, an artist who recently was named to a new residency at the ESB-MACC.
Austin bands are teaming up for a good cause on Friday, Oct. 21 with 100 percent of the cover going to SafePlace in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The evening will feature all things Beyonce, with nine Austin bands and artists covering her music and a late-night Beyonce dance party with GirlFriend. Featured acts including Bidi Bidi Banda, ,Tomar and the FCs Little Brave, Jinx Mcgee, Carry Illinois, Francine Thirteen, Sounds del Mar, Ali Holder, and Zachman. Bands 9 p.m. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River St. Cover: $5.
La Frenetika is Andres Junca, vocals, guitar, piano and gaita; Sahabel Porto, voice and chorus; Hugo Leija, guacharaca; Javier “Pancho” Villarreal, caja; Andres “El Parce” Acevedo, bajo; Johnatan Jimenez “El Papa de Kaleth,” timbales; Jose Costilla “Junior,” Congas; Cesar Osorio, guitar and Santos Cosme, accordion and teclados. Their next show, Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato, will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 p.m. at Esquina Tango. $8.