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.