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Lua Hadar

Lua Hadar is a unique and original vocalist with a soaring range who interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery.

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A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets an eclectic song list with a charming, swinging delivery, as well as passionate commitment and humor. She has been molded by cultural exchange experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, France and Italy.

Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s band TWIST has developed a reputation for twisting the style of

international standards, performing original numbers and expressing our common humanity through

songs in 7 languages. Lua has charmed audiences at such noted jazz clubs as Yoshi’s and The Iridium

to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center and the Swan Bar in Paris. Lua Hadar with Twist performs international standards with a different 'twist' on style; also presenting both original and rarely performed songs, in several languages. Lua and the band also perform both French and Italian language/themed shows at wineries and events.

English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (from Madagascar) are

represented in Lua's 2012 concert film, Like A Bridge, which received critical acclaim and airplay on

over 100 radio stations, across the USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, England and Brazil, it is

offered through Google Play and iTunes as well as on CD and DVD.


An effervescent swing, a dynamite range with passionate phrasing, Hadar is nothing if not

the consummate entertainer…incredibly intriguing hybrid … delightful world flavor … first

call band of international talent with an ability to reinvent tunes without disrespecting the

originals … A breath of fresh air at a time the world in general and music specifically are in

dire need. A true winner! -– Brent Black, Critical Jazz

There is a strong sense of timeliness throughout the album, thanks to the various languages

it feels like one is drifting around the world. Lua Hadar brings out the inherent dramatic

essence in all these songs and I imagine a live performance will be quite something to

behold. - John M. Peters, The Borderland, UK

… a wave of sonic bliss… - Jeffrey Siegel, Straight No Chaser Jazz Show

Singing in seven different languages, Lua Hadar's rich voice and strong, commanding

presence and overall musicality transcend language barriers… pure pleasure in listening to

her magnetic power… compelling confident vocals… intriguing instrumental work… great

variety and power… certainly beautiful and often hypnotic.

- Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway – Sound Advice

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it doesn't mean just one thing. I was first exposed to jazz through my father, who was a reed man. His first instrument was the clarinet, which he played in klezmer style bands in the Bronx with his two brothers. Later the tenor sax became his main instrument, which he played on club dates in New York in the 1930's-50's. He played reeds in Big Bands in places like Roseland Dance Hall, and in the summer in The Catskills, at places like Grossinger's. Jazz was THE STANDARD of his day. But when he came home, he listened to classical music. Loved Rachmaninoff. I met so many great jazz musicians when I waited on tables at Storyville Jazz Club on the East Side of Manhattan. I remember serving a double cognac to Sarah Vaughn, who was in the audience that night. A great honor! .

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