Singer-Songwriter and Actress Mia Maestro
To Release Debut Album “Si Agua” on October 7th
Mia Maestro’s Release Is A Joint Venture Between Leading
Indie Record Labels Nacional Records and Arts & Crafts
Recorded in Iceland, Mia Maestro’s Upcoming Album
Features Collaborations With Damien Rice
Mia Maestro Will Present New Album In Upcoming
Residency at the Hotel Café in Hollywood, CA in October
Mia Maestro will release her highly-anticipated debut album Si Agua on October 7th as a joint venture between pioneering indie labels Arts & Crafts (whose roster includes Broken Social Scene, Feist and more) and Nacional Records (home to Ana Tijoux, Tom Tom Club and more). A talented actress, singer and songwriter- Maestro has created a wide array of complex and memorable characters on-screen throughout her versatile career, while also carving out her own unique place in the indie music world.
Si Agua features collaborations with Damien Rice, as well as a talented ensemble of musicians who accompany Maestro’s evocative voice- which finds heart-wrenching notes in the subtlest of inflections. The album sees Maestro capturing a collection of songs with indelible pop melodies and superb, artful musicianship. Offering a romantic blend of Latin, American and European culture that pays homage to Maestro’s musical inspirations, Si Agua is firmly planted in the next generation of sound and texture.
As Maestro’s lyrics fluctuate between English and Spanish, her Argentinian upbringing consistently echoes throughout the album. This is especially present in the beautiful video for the track “Blue Eyed Sailor.”
Mia Maestro will present her new album in an upcoming weekly residency at the Hotel Café in Hollywood, California, with shows on October 1st: 9pm, October 8th: 9pm, October 15th: 8pm and October 22nd: 8:00pm
Recently, Maestro spoke with Feist for Interview Magazine about Si Agua, which translates to “if water,” saying, “A lot of songs on the album have to do with my experiences in the water, or melodies that I’ve come up with when I’m on a boat or in the middle of nowhere or taking some quiet time on my own.”
Si Agua was recorded in Iceland, a decision the singer made after visiting the country for the first time when she was invited by acclaimed Icelandic singer-songwriter Emiliana Torrini to open for her shows. An eclectic assortment of incredibly talented solo musicians and composers were brought together for the recordings, bringing their studio experiences and personal aesthetic touches to each song. The medley includes experimental artist Ben Frost, bass saxophonist Colin Stetson, pianist Thomas Bartlett, Shahzad Ismaily and Björk / CocoRosie producer Valgeir Sigurðsson. Also adding an orchestral layer to the album is composer Nico Muhly (Jónsi, Antony and the Johnsons), who wrote the string and brass arrangements that were realized by members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro has always felt a passion for music in addition to acting, saying “Writing songs feels a lot more personal- I’m more vulnerable when I’m doing music. I’ve always believed that there’s a deep connection between singing and showing a glimpse of your spirit.”
Maestro has long worked in both the music and film worlds, sometimes with the two overlapping, as when her song “Llovera” was featured on the soundtrack to the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, in which she starred in as well.
Currently, Maestro can be seen starring in the hit FX television series The Strain. Created and directed by Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro, the high concept thriller was FX’s most-watched premiere ever and was just renewed for a second season. The show will wrap its first season on October 5th.
Maestro made her screen debut in Carlos Saura’s Tango, which received Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominations for Best Foreign Film. In 2004, Maestro starred in The Motorcycle Diaries opposite Gael Garcia Bernal, which also received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Foreign Film. Her other film credits include Miramax’s critically acclaimed biopic Frida, staring Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor, and Oliver Stone’s Savages opposite Benicio del Toro, among many others.