Mia MaestroÂ will release her highly-anticipated debut albumÂ Si AguaÂ on October 7thÂ as a joint ventureÂ between pioneering indie labelsÂ Arts & CraftsÂ (whose roster includes Broken Social Scene, Feist and more) andÂ Nacional RecordsÂ (home to Ana Tijoux, Tom Tom Club and more). A talented actress, singer and songwriterâ€” Maestro has created a wide array of complex andÂ memorable characters on-screen throughout her versatile career, while also carving out her own unique place in the indie music world.
Si AguaÂ features collaborations withÂ Damien Rice, as well as a talented ensemble of musicians who accompany Maestroâ€™s evocative voiceâ€” 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 Maestroâ€™s musical inspirations,Â Si AguaÂ is firmly planted in the next generation of sound and texture.
As Maestroâ€™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 trackÂ “Blue Eyed Sailor”.
Mia Maestro will present her new album in an upcoming weeklyÂ residency at the Hotel CafÃ© in Hollywood, California, with shows onÂ October 1st: 9pm,Â October 8th: 9pm,Â October 15th: 8pmÂ andÂ October 22nd: 8:00pm
Recently, Maestro spoke with Feist forÂ Interview MagazineÂ aboutÂ Si Agua, which translates to â€œif water,â€ saying, â€œA 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.â€
Si AguaÂ 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 BjÃ¶rk / CocoRosie producer Valgeir SigurÃ°sson. Also adding an orchestral layer to the album is composer Nico Muhly (JÃ³nsi, 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 â€œWriting songs feels a lot more personalâ€”Â Iâ€™m more vulnerable when Iâ€™m doing music. Iâ€™ve always believed that thereâ€™s a deep connection between singing and showing a glimpse of your spirit.â€
Maestro has long worked in both the music and film worlds, sometimes with the two overlapping, as when her song â€œLloveraâ€Â was featured on the soundtrack to the filmÂ The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, in which she starred in as well.
Currently, Maestro can be seen starring in the hit FXÂ televisionÂ seriesÂ The Strain. Created and directed by OscarÂ®Â nominee Guillermo del Toro, the high concept thriller was FXâ€™s most-watched premiere everÂ 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 Sauraâ€™sÂ Tango, which received Golden GlobeÂ®Â and Academy AwardÂ®Â nominations for Best Foreign Film.Â In 2004, Maestro starred inÂ The Motorcycle DiariesÂ opposite Gael Garcia Bernal, which also received a Golden GlobeÂ®Â nomination for Best Foreign Film. Her other film credits include Miramaxâ€™s critically acclaimed biopicÂ Frida, staring Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor, and Oliver Stoneâ€™sÂ SavagesÂ opposite Benicio del Toro, among many others.