“Like A Bridge” website launches

Welcome to our first web posting for the upcoming CD and DVD, Like A Bridge. 

As the project launches, we’ll add more photos, music, video and links.

To begin, here are some credits for the CD, which is about to go into manufacturing in a few days, and some background on the project itself.

Lua Hadar with TWIST: Like A Bridge

 Recorded LIVE at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, USA, February 2012

 Lua Hadar – Multilingual Vocals

Jason Martineau – Piano, Music Director/Arranger

Dan Feiszli – Acoustic & Electric Bass

Celso Alberti – Drums

Ian Dogole – Udu, Dumbek, Shakers, Cajon

Larry de la Cruz – alto, tenor, soprano sax & flute

With special guests Dave Miotke, Emil Miland & Fumiko Ozawa

Co-Producers – Candace Forest & Lua Hadar

Recording Engineer – Jesse Nichols

Live Sound Engineer – Craig Griffeath

Mixing Engineer – Dan Feiszli

Mastering Engineer – Ken Lee

Cover Photo – Kingmond Young Photography

Graphic Design – Paige Smith – A Common Name

About TWIST:

Lua Hadar with TWIST performs international standards with a different ‘twist’ on style; they also present both original and rarely performed songs, in several different languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) will be represented in the upcoming recording.

About the BRIDGES PROJECT and Like A Bridge:

The new CD, Like A Bridge, is the centerpiece of the 3-year Bridges Project, which also includes education and international exchange. Hadar sings in seven different languages (including Japanese and Malagasy) in this new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that bridge in language or theme.

Guest performers on the new CD include cellist Emil Miland (who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010), koto player Fumiko Ozawa and jazz accordionist David Miotke.

 The New York CD release of Like A Bridge is slated for April 14, 2012, at midtown Manhattan’s SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club. And TWIST will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge this year, with a West Coast release at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on June 3www.luahadar.com


About the upcoming DVD:

 The Bridges Project includes broadcast-quality video, which was also recorded at Fantasy Studios and directed by Lawrence Jordan, who has directed for Tony Bennett, Eddie Izzard, Sting, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, George Michael, Vanessa Williams and many more. The video features Lua Hadar, the full band and guest performers, including South African singer Gideon Bendile and his group, Kalahari Experience, singing in Zulu on a French language world beat song written by French pop star, Maxime Le Forestier. The DVD is slated for debut in the fall of 2012.

More background on the performers in the next blog. For now, here’s the release performance information:

New York CD Release Information:

“Like a Bridge” CD Release

7pm and 9pm on April 14 (Saturday)


212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10022

Phone 212-371-7657

Tickets $15 (at http://bit.ly/z119et ) with $10 drink min.

Venue Website: www.somethinjazz.com/ny/

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West Coast Release Information:

“Like A Bridge” West Coast CD Release

4:30pm on June 3 (Sunday)

Jazzschool Concert Series

2087 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704

Phone (510) 845-5373

Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth

Venue Website:

About luahadar

LUA HADAR BIO Lua Hadar is a multi-lingual vocalist and actor, a teaching artist and an independent producer. She has a lifelong commitment to cultural exchange and has been inspired by collaborations in Bali, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand. The mission of her band, Twist, is to give audiences a sense of their common humanity. Lua has performed as a singer and actor since her New York childhood. Graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Performance, Lua attended the celebrated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and The Dalcroze School of Music, also studying with Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann. She also holds teaching credentials and an M.A. in Education. Lua Hadar sings her own brand of cosmopolitan jazz influenced by pop, funk, folk, Latin and international cabaret. Instantly accessible and truly exotic, she has been molded by diverse international experiences. Her fascination with world cultures is reflected in the sophisticated song choices for her band, Twist. Hadar has charmed audiences from New York's Iridium Jazz Club to Bangkok's Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris. She has performed numerous times at San Francisco's legendary Fairmont Hotel, as well as The Plush Room, The Rrazz Room, Jazz at Pearl's, Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex, Yoshi's Jazz Club and Feinstein's at the Nikko. In addition to the Iridium, New York audiences have welcomed her home at Somethin' Jazz Club and the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village. Lua performed in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and North America during her 5-year residency as an actor and singer with two Italian theater companies. She has been an Italophile since she can remember, living in Italy several years while touring as a performer, becoming fluent in the language and falling in love with all things Italian. Hadar delivers Master Classes in interpretation and style on The Great American Songbook, part of her heritage as a native New Yorker and daughter of a musician. Her San Francisco-based Studio NPG has offered professional development for performing artists and salon concerts and events for the community, featuring teaching artists such as Broadway-TV-film star, Faith Prince, among others. OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://luahadar.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lua.Hadar.with.TWIST Twitter @luahadar Youtube http://www.youtube.com/luahadar Like A Bridge Website and Blog: likeabridge.net Lua’s Voyager Project https://luahadarvoyager.wordpress.com iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/siboney/id285051379?i=285051809&ign-mpt=uo=6
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