14-year old Josh Reinier with original song – in rehearsal for Feb 16 Concert

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Lua Hadar with Twist perform a live concert of cosmopolitan jazz Feb.16 in Oakland with guest 14-year old songwriter Josh Reinier

Fresh from the acclaimed release of their new CD and DVD, Like A Bridge, world jazz ensemble LUA HADAR with TWIST presents a family-friendly concert of cosmopolitan jazz.

The concert will feature songs from around the world as well as American jazz standards performed with the band’s signature ‘twist,’ in styles, from samba to swing. Special Guest on the program is 14-year old singer-songwriter phenom, Josh Reinier.

Twist Live: Feb. 16, 2013 at 8pm

Twist Live: Feb. 16, 2013 at 8pm

Celebrating Women Musicians Concert Series presents this fun and eclectic world jazz concert by multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar and her band of top international musicians: 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.

Saturday, February 16 at 8pm. Musically Minded Academy in the Rockridge section of Oakland at 5776 Broadway. Easy, free street parking and BART accessible. Tickets: $15/adult ($20 at the door) $8/student, senior, child ($12 at the door). Online at http://musicallymindedacademy.eventbrite.com/

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Footage from Like A Bridge Premiere Night – Balboa Theater – Lua Hadar with her global jazz band Twist

November 15, 2012, San Francisco’s Historic Balboa Theater hosted the premiere screening of the new music movie, Like A Bridge, and its accompanying documentary, Building Bridges. The event, classic with searchlight, limo and crowd was a huge success with rocking DVD sales after the show. The band sends their sincere thanks to all our fans, friends and ground team!

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Like A Bridge reviewed by Rotcod Zzaj at Improvijazzation Nation

Lua Hadar (with Twist) – LIKE A BRIDGE: Lua’s vocals are just as attractive and alluring as my first encounter with her music back in issue # 86. She totally understand that “laid-back thing”, as evidenced on the opener, “Bridge Over Troubled Water“… and she OWNS the song with her voice! For something with a bit more Latin flavor, you’ll enjoy “Raha Mbola Misy“, though it’s actually from Madagascar… excellent flutes on this track. My personal favorite tune, though, is “Child Of Man” – this clearly lets Lua’s vocal and high-spirit shine through for all to hear. What separates her, I believe, from all the other “lady jazzers” is her broad travel and theater experience… truly a world-class performer, Lua gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from my ears, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97.

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Global jazz takes the spotlight – National Jazz music – Examiner.com

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.
Read the full article

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Like A Bridge reviewed on All About Jazz, by Geannine Reid 10/25/12

… a bold, worldly musical venture… Hadar’s grasp of various languages and vernaculars is vast, singing in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian and Malagasy. What is more impressive is her command of each of the seven dialects’ dictions and supple inflections within the musical selections, and her phrasing of each melodic line…a bridge of musical delight that makes a truly global journey, introducing sounds from across the beautiful palette of diversity.


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Like A Bridge Movie Trailer

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TWIST goes to the movies – November 15 at the Historic Balboa Theater!!

Join us for the World Premiere
of our Live Studio Concert movie

LUA HADAR with TWIST: Like A Bridge
and the documentary, Building Bridges

Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30pm, Balboa Theater
Tickets $10. Wine reception & DVD signing
3630 Balboa St., San Francisco – www.balboamovies.com

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Cabaret Scenes Magazine Likes Like A Bridge

Hadar and the band bring a jazzy world beat to the local classics. One doesn’t need to know the language to enjoy the spirit embodied in the music here. – Steve Murray, Cabaret Scenes. The full review is printed in the Sept/Oct 2012 print edition of the international cabaret magazine and can be viewed online when it is posted at http://www.cabaretscenes.org/pages/current.html

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We have impressed Mr. Groomes at O’s Place

Lua Hadar is a multilingual vocalist with deep warm tones. She sings a set of ten popular and Latin classics. Hadar flows through lyrics in French, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and English imparting the local accent in each case. She sounds convincing and dramatic in every case making the session all the more impressive. The accompaniment is equally impressive.
~D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine

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