Born: June 21 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Multi-lingual and multi-talented, LUA HADAR 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.
Lua sings jazz influenced by pop, funk, latin and international cabaret. Instantly accessible and truly exotic, this Broadway- influenced performer has been molded by 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.”
A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. Michael Arens of Jazz Germany says ...She makes the other side of the world seem a stone's throw away. Her Paris debut in July 2009 came on the heels of the successful New York release of her latest CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, at Broadway’s Iridium Jazz Club (…stunning… sheer beauty… she rocked! �� Cabaret Scenes, NYC) and her band’s international debut at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music.
Her CD, Lua Hadar with TWIST, has garnered raves from around the world, (…vivacious brand of jazz…inspired… swinging…cool - Luna Kafé, Sweden; …seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible - Blast Radio 1386, UK) as well as Radio Top 10 Ratings in the USA. It appears on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and most digitial services, including Shazam.
She has appeared at The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, Anna’s Jazz Island, Jazz at Pearl’s, and her sold-out September 2009 appearance with her band, TWIST, at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, debuted her new show, French Connection, to raves. (…seamlessly bridges the culture gap … superb… creates the sound and atmosphere of a Paris music hall… - Cabaret Scenes, San Francisco; the SF Examiner called French Connection “part of her worldly charm.”).
A sellout audience at New York’s landmark Cornelia Street Café in April 2010 (…beyond language, beyond words��pure yearning, perhaps… - MS Nieson, All About Jazz) brings her back to the Cornelia in 2011. She has just returned from a cultural exchange master class and concert with a 12-piece band in Lille, France, followed by performances in Los Angeles and at San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre and Haas- Lilienthal House. Lua and her band are regulars at San Francisco’s vintage chic Bliss Bar, and Lua is a teaching artist with several organizations in the San Francisco Bay area and at her own New Performance Group Studio.
www.luahadar.com www.myspace.com/luahadarwithtwist www.facebook.com/lua.hadar www.twitter.com/luahadar www.youtube.com/luahadar www.luahadar.wordpress.com www.cdbaby.com/luahadar2 www.newperformancegroup.net
She makes the other side of the world seem just a stone’s throw away… - Michael Arens, Jazz Dimensions, Germany
This review only needs one word really �� WOW! … Hadar spreads a rainbow of passion across the musical landscape… fire power spicier than any dish in a local cabana… simply amazing. - J. Edward Sumearu, The Metro Spirit, Augusta, Georgia.
- … a stunning evening…sheer beauty… she rocked… her physical presence and body language remind one of the great Latin, Abbe Lane, at her peak…pure pleasure! - Joe Regan Jr. Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York City
…a real vocalist with some long range and power…Clear and vibrant…beautiful… - Ray Redmond, Jazz USA
…seamlessly bridges the culture gap with her delightful and thoughtful new show…Her beautiful mezzo soprano combined with a superb collection of musicians creates the sound and atmosphere of a Paris music hall… I felt I understood the content without speaking French… - Steve Murray, Cabaret Scenes, San Francisco
The “French Connection” is a part of her worldly charm. �� Carol Banks Weber, Examiner.com
…astounding command of [her] voice…her name should be spotlighted worldwide. - Nicolo Furmankiewicz, Department of Virtuosity Magazine, Warsaw, Poland
…vivacious brand of jazz…inspired…swinging…cool - Luna Kafé, Sweden
…seductive… polished vocal phrasing… irresistible - Blast Radio 1386, UK
…a rich and sophisticated mixture. - John M. Peters, The Borderland Magazine, UK
A sexy lady from New York who swings it internationally. It’s a high-octane release, something new and unexpected. - Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap, Lake Zurich, Illinois
…instantly accessible and truly exotic. - LMNOP Magazine. Chattanooga, Tennessee
…elegance and dignity… a mix of funkiness, sultry, art song, jazz, and Latin… - Rob Lester, Sound Advice, New York City
…well-crafted jazz with high soulfulness and spirit… - Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation, Hawaii
…a sultry voice with hints of Piaf…. �� Albert Goodwyn, San Francisco Bay Times
…able to make the familiar sound fresh… - Les Traub, Cabaret Scenes, Los Angeles
…beautiful...truly original... - Enrico de Angelis, L’Arena, Verona, Italy
It's about Time
Personnel: Lua Hadar: vocals; Jason Martineau: piano; John Wiitala: bass; Dave Rokeach: drums.
with The Kitchenettes
Dining at the Banquet
Personnel: with The Kitchenettes:Lua Hadar, Linda Kosut, Eryka Raines: vocals; Barry Lloyd: piano; Mike Bacile: bass; Ron Marabuto: drums
As A Side Musician
Dallo Sciamano allo Showman - Festival della Canzone d'Autore Umoristica
Bravo Records - A La Bianca Group
Tracks: 2 and 9
Personnel: with The KitchenettesLua Hadar, Linda Kosut, Eryka Raines: vocals; Barry Lloyd: piano; Mike Bacile: bass; Ron Marabuto: drums
New Performance Group
Personnel: Lua Hadar: vocals; Sheldon Forrest: piano
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San Francisco, CA
Willing to teach:
Credentialed teacher. Teach Master Classes in vocal performance at the microphone. All levels. Private studio, San Francisco, CA. Students perform in public shows at local clubs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and schedule. www.newperformancegroup.net
Interpretation, stye, audience contact and mic technique with the Great American Songbook.