Lua Hadar – BIO
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, she 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 “cosmopolitan jazz.”
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 band’s first 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 Yoshi’s Oakland, The Fairmont Hotel, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, The Plush Room and Jazz at Pearl’s, New York’s Iridium Jazz Club and Cornelia Street Café, the Swan Bar in Paris, Théâtre Les Tisserands in Lille, France, and at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music.
Her new recording project, Like A Bridge, forms the centerpiece of her 3-year Bridges Project, which will include education and cultural exchange. Like A Bridge was recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios. The CD was released in New York City on April 14, 2012, at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club on E. 52nd Street and at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on June 3. The Like A Bridge DVD was previewed at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Movie Theater on November 15, 2012. The DVD will release at Yoshi’s Oakland on Sept. 30, 2013.
Hadar delivers Master Classes in interpretation and style of 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 provided professional development for performing artists as well as salon concerts and events for the community, featuring teaching artists such as Broadway-TV-film star, Faith Prince, among others.