Calling anyone "the new voice of Brazil," as some are calling Luisa Maita, gives one a lot to live up to. For one thing, Maita, who will be playing the Fleisher Art Memorial on Tuesday, is 31, not especially new by pop standards. For another, the field of Brazilian singer is so crowded: Many of the older voices of São Paulo and neighboring towns are still seen as great, representatives of the music.
But, first as a composer for such talents as Mariana Aydar, Maria Gadu, and Virgínia Rosa, then as a solo artist, Maita has produced music that straddles samba and bossa nova traditions while clearing new ground. So maybe the "new voice" tag works.