Global jazz takes the spotlight – National Jazz music –

by Carol Banks Weber
When vocalist and executive producer Lua Hadar sets her mind on something, she goes global. The vocalist went global recently on her TWIST band’s new CD/DVD, “Like A Bridge.” …A world-traveled jazz vocalist, Hadar constantly seeks to bring people together through music…Hadar worked closely with Emmy-winning director Lawrence Jordan to put together a 70-minute concert DVD, filmed in Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios, featuring her 13-piece ensemble, and her seven-language (English, Japanese, Spanish, Malagasy, Italian, French, Portuguese) cosmopolitan music, as well as a 25-minute documentary, “Building Bridges,” about her Bridges Project. “Our new DVD encourages people to be like a bridge to each other in promoting understanding of differing languages, cultures, and ideas,” described Hadar. Her band is as diverse as her ambitious dream to unite the world through music; they come from all over: music director/pianist Jason Martineau, bassist Dan Feiszli, global percussionist Ian Dogole, drummer Celso Alberti, cellist Emil Miland, reedist Larry De La Cruz, koto player Fumiko Ozawa, jazz accordionist David Miotke, and South African artist Gideon Bendile and members of his Kalahari Experience Zulu Choir.
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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 Facebook Twitter @luahadar Youtube Like A Bridge Website and Blog: Lua’s Voyager Project iTunes
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