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Tania Maria Biography 

Born in Brazil and surrounded by music as a child, Tania Maria was first taught to play piano so that she could participate in her father’s weekend jam sessions, where the influences that would define her sound, Afro-Cuban, Soul, Chorinho, Jazz, Caribbean Salsa, Pop and most importantly Brazilian Bossa Nova & Samba, would become embedded in her style. Influenced early on by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Sarah Vaughn, Anita O'Day, Tom Jobim, and Milton Nascimento, as Maria grew she found unique ways to intersperse her native rhythms with Latin syncopation and the extemporaneous disposition of American Jazz artists.

Born in Sao Luis, Maria studied the law and had children before she refocused on her career in Music. In 1971, the fiercely independent singer, composer, pianist, and band leader released her first album in Brazil, but arrived on the international scene following her move to France, where the late American guitarist, Charlie Byrd, heard her play and recommended her to Concord Records. She soon released the triumphant album Come With Me, which made her a superstar of the Latin and Brazilian music scenes. In 1981, she released her debut U.S. release entitled Piquant. Produced by Latin music icon Cal Tjader, the album became an instant success and cemented her reputation not only in the Brazilian scene, but also one of the pioneers of fusion.

A regular on the festival circuit, the Grammy nominated songstress has released numerous critically acclaimed albums, and dazzled audiences in every corner of the globe. Her impressive live act showcases the full spectrum of her unique amalgamation of genres, all while remaining distinctly and proudly Brazilian. Since her early days, Tania Maria’s sensual low tones, tenacious stage performances, and percussive piano style have made her one of the true originals of not only Brazilian sound, but of Music in general.