Featured concert: Luisa Maita

Luisa Maita percolates at the Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., on Tuesday.
Luisa Maita percolates at the Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., on Tuesday. (JOAO WAINER)
Posted: March 29, 2014

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.

The more popular Bebel Gilberto likes her sambas laced with cool, still-life electronica, but Maita plays it hotter and wonkier on her 2010 debut disc, Lero-Lero, and its DJ-centric follow-up, Maita Remixed. With samples and sequencers humming on the quieter side, Lero-Lero percolates with a melodic, almost jazz-classical complexity and an overheated sensuality (as in "Alivio").

And behold her vocals. Her sassy, jazzy runs, warmed by vintage soul, give the twisted samba of "Desencabulada" a weirdly contemporary feel, more in league with Lorde than with any of her Brazilian contemporaries. Maita hasn't released a new album since Lero-Lero, but she did drop the dance-y "Um Amor A Mais" with Da Lata last year, a song you can request from her, or from Tuesday night's promoter/DJs, Philly's AfroTaino Productions.


Luisa Maita plays at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St. Tickets: $10. Information: 215-922-3456, www.fleisher.org.

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