Bossa Nova

Having spent a year teaching and singing in Brazil, performing Bossa Nova with a jazz quartet at various Fairs and bars around Sao Paulo, Maria continued with her love for Brazilian music in the UK, and became involved in various Bossa Nova performances, including a long-running production of the English version of the famous musical play Pobre Menina Rica (Poor Little Rich Girl), written by Vinicius de Moraes and Carlos Lyra and produced by Rogerio Correa.

Below is a video of Maria performing with Gui Tavares and Rogerio Correa at an intimate performance of the show at Birkbeck College in London in 2009:

During her many performances of Poor Little Rich Girl, including Paris and a production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Maria finally had the opportunity to perform the play directly to one of its creators, Carlos Lyra, who graced the stage for his own impromptu performance:

Below is a video of Maria performing lead vocals with the Nossa Voz London Brazilian Choir at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2009: