"Efficacy Episode 102 - Argentine singer, songwriter-composer, educator and producer Maria Cangiano has a unique voice within a new generation of World music musicians. Her musical journey mirrors her gypsy life, being a daughter of Italian immigrants from middle eastern roots, raised in Argentina and exposed to Tango and South American folk, rock and Afro music, went to the US and discovered Jazz, Blues and Gospel music. After getting her PhD in History at SUNY, Stony Brook, she left the academic world to pursue her dream: to become a singer. Inspired by her Neapolitan grandfather who was an opera singer, Maria first performed many mezzo soprano opera roles at Opera Theaters in New York City, such as Regina Opera, Dicapo Opera and Amato Opera. Far from her country she re-encountered her Tango roots, and became known as the Edith Piaf of Tango in NY. She has performed at New York's major musical venues, such as Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Nuyorican Poets Cafe', Bowery Poetry Club, Cornelia Street Cafe', Joe's Pub, Tischman Auditorium, Argentine Consulate, Night and Day, DROM, Tutuma Social Club among others.
In 2009 /10 she released her first cd Ballads for My Life and Death: Tribute to Piazzolla at New York and Milano's Blue Note. More recently, Maria began to compose her own songs. Inspired by the beauty of Latin American poetry, she put music to the poems of Jorge Luis Borges, Alejandra Pizarnik, Alfonsina Storni, and Gabriela Mistral, as well as, to her own lyrics. Her new songs are a crossed of the many musical traditions that have nurtured her life: Classical, Latin American folklore, Afro music, Argentine national rock and pop music, as well as Jazz and Blues. Out of this creative process came to life the cd Heart of a Woman/Corazon de mujer that is being released this year 2012 by EPSA -one of the major Argentine record labels. "