Ana Carla Maza


Adventurous and versatile cellist from Cuba

A whirlwind of passionate vocals and impressive rhythms through many worlds: from classical to jazz, from Latin American Tango, Samba, Bossa Nova and Cuban Son to the Mediterranean.

The music of cellist and vocalist extraordinaire, Ana Carla Maza, reflects a range of influences, from the traditional music of her childhood to bossa nova and habanera and beyond, executed with a formidable technique of percussive rhythmic playing, dexterous bowing and quietly passionate vocals. Born in Cuba, the daughter of Chilean pianist and composer Carlos Maza and Cuban guitarist Mirza Sierra, she started learning cello at the age of eight. The family moved to Spain in 2007 where, still a teenager, she toured as a soloist with the Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra and performed across Europe with her father. Moving to Paris in 2012 to study at the Sorbonne Conservatory, her solo career blossomed into collaborations with cello maestro Vincent Ségal, rock star Jean Louis Aubert, commissions for film soundtracks and, to date, two remarkable solo albums.

In 2016 she released Solo Acoustic Concert, inspired by the musical traditions of her childhood, from Brazilian bossa nova to Cuban habanera through a larger musical vocabulary and in 2020 she released La Flor. Both albums incorporate Latin rhythms, pop tunes, jazz harmonies and classical techniques. Bahia, released in 2022, is another step on that musical journey. Bahía is a beautiful mix of classical cello and vocals, drawing on Cuban son, samba, bossa nova, tango, jazz and chanson.

Coproduction Jazz sous les Pommiers, Tourcoing Jazz Festival, D’Jazz Nevers, Maison de la Musique de Nanterre. Première le 18 mai 2023 à Jazz sous les Pommiers.