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Lua Hadar with TWIST
September 30, 2013
Celebrating the official release of their Indie Music Award nominated DVD,
Like A Bridge
Monday, September 30
Fresh from a success in Paris, Lua Hadar brings her cosmopolitan jazz ensemble Twist back to Yoshi’s Oakland to celebrate the Official Release of their Indie Music Award nominated DVD, Like A Bridge. A 70-minute Live Studio Concert directed by Emmy award-winner Lawrence Jordan, Like a Bridge was shot at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, and was nominated in the Long Form Video Category by the Independent Music Awards. On September 30, clips from the DVD’s documentary, Building Bridges, will be shown on Yoshi’s new screen as the band rolls out some fresh new tunes live on stage. Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on Global Percussion, Larry De La Cruz on reeds, and Hadar on vocals in seven languages.
Multi-lingual and multi-talented, Lua Hadar has performed as a singer and actor since her New York childhood. She watched her reed man father go out the kitchen door in a tux every Saturday night to play in the swing band at Roseland Ballroom, or one of New York’s other night spots. In the summer, the venues changed to the hotels in the Catskill Mountains, where Hadar heard her first Latin band and began to envision herself at a microphone.
Lua performed as a singer and actor all through her youth and graduated college summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Performance. She then attended New York’s celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and The Dalcroze School of Music, also studying with Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann.
She calls herself a “language geek.” French was the first language she studied. She became fluent in Italian after a 5-year theatre residency in Italy. She later moved to California, settling in the San Francisco Bay area, where she spruced up her high school Spanish and was certified as a Spanish bilingual teacher. She has a lifelong passion for stories and music from cultures around the globe. Her greatest delight is to make music and theatre in collaboration with artists abroad.
Lua sings her own brand of cosmopolitan jazz influenced by pop, funk, Latin and international cabaret. Instantly accessible and truly exotic, this Broadway-influenced performer has been molded by cultural exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy. Her fascination with world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her band, TWIST, in their signature “jazz without borders.” She’s on a mission to create world unity through music, one audience at a time.