Mariana Aydar can be easily located. Where there's good music, there she is, either in a traditional samba jamming, in a gig at the outskirts of town, in the studios, during Carnival, in Sao Paulo, Rio or Bahia. Since she was born in Sao Paulo, music is the air that she breathes. Her father, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mario Manga, was one of the integrants of Preme, an avant-garde group of the 80s that managed to couple irreverence and quality. Her mother, Bia Aydar, worked for many years with a variety of artists from all corners of the country. So, since she was a little girl, her natural habitat was the front stage and the backstage, the dressing rooms and the spotlights, the rehearsals and the recording studios and, mingling in this universe, she learned from observation.
At ten years of age, she took up cello lessons and then she got started on the acoustic guitar. Later on, she had voice lessons at Escola Canto do Brasil tutored by Regina Machado and then at Groove Curso Livre, both in Sao Paulo.
In 2000, Mariana Aydar made her professional debut in Miltinho Ediberto's band, an extraordinary folk guitar player. She naturally became acquainted with young and talented musicians, which led to the creation of Banda Carua, where she teamed up as a vocalist for two years, performing alongside Chico Cesar and Virg�-nia Rosa. During that period of time, she took part in the project Elba Invites, in the town of Trancoso, where she performed with Samuel Rosa (Skank), Toni Garrido (Cidade Negra), Trio Virgulino, Dominguinhos, Arnaldo Antunes. She also did backing vocals for Daniela Mercury at the Bahia Carnival.
In 2004, Mariana wanted to broaden her horizons. She moved to Paris, at the time a scene of high cultural effervescence that mixed Brazilian music, young talents, alternative radio stations, Frenchmen in love with our music and a great desire of creating new things. During this time of discoveries, Mariana met Seu Jorge, who invited her for the opening act of his European tour. "In Paris, after listening to Minha Missao [My Mission], by Joao Nogueira and Paulo Cesar Pinheiro, I realized how much the samba songs are part of the Brazilian essence and I felt that I needed to come back to produce something that would share this soulfulness", she tells us.
With all this inner motivation, Mariana returned to Brazil in 2005, with the intention of starting up work on her first album. Meanwhile, she was slated as guest artist in concerts of some big names like Joao Donato and Dominguinhos.