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, 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.”).
In April 2010 Lua performed to a sellout audience at New York’s landmark Cornelia Street Café (…beyond language, beyond words—pure yearning, perhaps… - MS Nieson, All About Jazz). 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.
February 2012 marks the recording of her third solo CD; the second with her global jazz band, TWIST, now expanded to feature koto, cello, jazz accordion and global percussion and reeds in addition to the jazz trio. The new CD, Like A Bridge, is the centerpiece of the 3-year Bridges Project, which will also include education and international exchange. Hadar sings in seven different languages in this new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make to each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that bridge, either because of its language or because of its message. The release of Like A Bridge is slated for April 14, 2012, at midtown Manhattan's Somethin' Jazz Club, with a West Coast release to follow later in the Spring.