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Los Angeles singer-songwriter Mia Maestro’s new music video for “Blue Eyed Sailor” is being premiered today over at NOWNESS.com, the award-winning storytelling platform that serves as a daily resource for the culturally curious by premiering inspiring stories from the forefront of contemporary culture and global lifestyle. The music video is a groundbreaking collaboration merging the worlds of film, music and art like few music videos have done before. It was directed by media-artist Juan Azulay and Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and is based on the beautiful camouflages of fine artist Cecilia Paredes, with striking cinematography that brilliantly captures the spirit of Mia Maestro’s unique flavor of experimental pop. Watch the video over at NOWNESS.com right now:
Mia released her debut three-song Blue Eyed Sailor EP last week via Vapor Records. The EP’s title track is performed with pianist Thomas Bartlett (Antony & The Johnsons, Doveman, The National). The Blue Eyed Sailor EP will include 3 songs, including “Time To Go” which features Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, and “Llovera” which was featured on the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One soundtrack. The Blue Eyed Sailor songs were produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, CocoRosie, Feist) and recorded at his Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. An eclectic assortment of incredibly talented solo musicians 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 the aforementioned Valgeir Sigurðsson. She also employed the help of composer Nico Muhly (Jónsi, Antony and the Johnsons), who wrote string and brass arrangements for the album, which were performed by members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. The album art is above, and you can see the complete track listing below.
Mia Maestro uses her experience as an actress to help fuse together her music with theatrical elements. Born in Buenos Aires, she grew up and found a love for some of the world’s most renowned songwriters like Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen. She began cultivating her own dynamic and evocative voice at a young age, taking singing lessons around the age of thirteen. Influenced by everything from rock to opera, her voice shines, soaring above even the most turbulent orchestrations. Like the best classical pieces, her voice evokes emotion, finding the heart-wrenching notes in the subtlest of inflections. Influenced by singer-songwriters, her voice takes you on a journey, transporting you through poetry to places that once existed only in your imagination.
Blue Eyed Sailor EP
1- Blue Eyed Sailor (with Thomas Bartlett)
2- Time To Go (with Damien Rice)
Produced and Mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Feist)
Recorded at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík, Iceland