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Mariá Portugal was born in São Paulo and has lived in her hometown her whole life, where she studied drums and composition, as well as communication. Today she works with vocals and live electronics in addition to the drums. She is an important part of the São Paulo scene, which is extraordinarily large and stylistically diverse. However, Mariá also plays just as often with European musicians, such as Jasper van´t Hof or Paul van Kemenade. In 2018, she performed at mœrs festival with her band Quartabê, and in 2019 she was a member of the Global Improvisers Orchestra. Since January 2020, she has been serving as the 13th mœrs improviser in residence.