Electric sounds meet Japanese traditions: Maïa is a unique singer and flautist. From a French-Japanese background, she has clearly found her way towards a boundless musical self-expression, rooted in solid classical training and a unique rendition of her heritage.
The audience can expect to be transported along the Paris-Tokyo axis to space and beyond. She sings using a special throat technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds, but the flute is her first instrument. After studying classical and jazz, she quickly transformed the way she played as she started making her own music, improvising, singing with her flute and using it as percussion. Because of her background and her childhood spent travelling and listening to live music from all around the
world, her music takes us deep into Japan, but also resonates sometimes with singing from Gipsy, Middle Eastern or African musical traditions.
Maïa has already released several albums and performed with artists like Arto Lindsay, Cyro Baptista, Kip Hanrahan and Yasuaki Shimizu. But this latest project, produced by the legendary Martin Meissonnier (who has worked with the likes of Fela Kuti, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Khaled and Manu Dibango) is something completely new. Backed by powerful musicians and a free-flowing instinct that transcends national borders, Maïa offers an extraordinarily broad
melodic landscape where melancholy and madness ride over percussive grooves, trance-like dance tunes and stripped-down a cappella singing.
"Striking stage presence, crazy folk trance, volcanic energy, traditional and pop Japanese singing and occasional touches of flute make up
the exciting mix that is Maïa Barouh.”