The Bridges Project: Fostering World Unity One Audience At A Time
Online PR News – 02-June-2012 – San Francisco, CA – Fresh from their Yoshi’s debut and a sellout at their New York CD release, vocalist Lua Hadar with her band TWIST honors the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with their new offering, Like A Bridge. The West Coast CD Release will be at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on Sunday, June 3 at 4:30pm, featuring an eclectic mix from the band’s signature “jazz without borders” repertoire, sung in seven languages by multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar. The set list includes several tunes from the band’s new CD, Like A Bridge, recently recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios, Berkeley. Joining Hadar are Music Director/Arranger Jason Martineau on piano with Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on global percussion, Larry De La Cruz on reeds, and special guests David Miotke, Emil Miland and Candace Forest. Jazzschool Concert Series, 2087 Addison St. Berkeley, CA, www.jazzschool.com
Phone (510) 845-5373, Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth. http://bit.ly/June3LuaTickets
Lua Hadar with TWIST performs international standards with a different 'twist' on style; they also present both original and rarely performed songs, in several different languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) are represented in the new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony.
About the BRIDGES PROJECT and Like A Bridge:
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 (including Japanese and Malagasy) in this new recording, which uses the Bridge as a metaphor for the connections we can make with each other to foster world unity and harmony. Each song represents a part of that bridge in language or theme.
Guest performers on the new CD include cellist Emil Miland (who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010), koto player Fumiko Ozawa and jazz accordionist David Miotke. The core band is comprised of Music Director Jason Martineau on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, Ian Dogole on global percussion and Larry De La Cruz on reeds.
The New York CD release of Like A Bridge was a sellout on April 14, 2012, at midtown Manhattan's SOMETHIN' Jazz Club. TWIST will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge this year, with a West Coast release at Berkeley’s Jazzschool on June 3.
About Lua Hadar:
Lua Hadar is a multi-lingual vocalist and actor, a teaching artist and an independent producer. She has a lifelong commitment to cultural exchange and has enjoyed collaborations in Bali, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand. The mission of her band, TWIST, is to create world harmony through music.
A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, Lua interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery, as well as passionate commitment and humor. 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, Theatre Les Tisserands in Lille, France, and at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music. Her upcoming performances are at SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club in New York City and The Jazzschool in Berkeley, where she releases her 3rd CD, Like A Bridge, recorded at Fantasy Studios.
Hadar delivers Master Classes in interpretation and style of the body of musical material known as The Great American Songbook, part of her heritage as a native New Yorker and daughter of a musician. Her San Francisco-based Studio NPG provides professional development for performing artists and offers salon concerts and events for the community, featuring teaching artists such as Broadway-TV-film star, Faith Prince, among others. www.luahadar.com
Bios of the Core Band members on the CD:
Music Director, Dr. Jason Martineau is an award-winning composer, pianist, arranger, instructor and author. He works in multiple capacities with many different idioms and styles, from world fusion and jazz, to avant-garde, industrial, rock, pop, and classical. As such, he is the cornerstone of TWIST, as music director, principal arranger, pianist and bandleader. He has been playing the piano for 36 years and has worked with Lua Hadar since 2005, recording three albums and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and at the 10th International Festival of Dance and Music in Bangkok, Thailand. Holding graduate degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Martineau has composed numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, as well as a full-length musical, multiple film scores, and over 200 songs, both instrumental and vocal, recording more than ten CDs in various genres. He has also been featured on numerous other artists' recordings, as pianist, music director, and producer, including Vanessa Carlton’s "Heroes and Thieves," for which he orchestrated string arrangements. His book "The Elements of Music," is distributed both nationally and internationally. His film scores have been featured in documentaries broadcast on PBS stations around the US since 1998, and his music enhances a large variety of multimedia projects. In 2011 he joined the faculty at the Academy of Art University, teaching music notation, theory, and counterpoint. www.jasonmartineau.com
Drummer Celso Alberti was born in Curitiba, Southern Brazil. The driving rhythms of his country's music led him to develop an early interest in the drums and by the age of 17, he was performing regularly as a professional. In 1982 he decided to expand his musical horizons and moved to the U.S., where he has been living since. His dynamic drumming style, blending traditional Brazilian music with World and Rock influences, was quickly recognized and he soon started to work with musicians like Herbie Mann, John Lucien, Michael Manring, Joyce Cooling, Craig Chaquico, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose Neto, Andrei Kondakov and most recently the legendary Steve Winwood. Celso is also a respected audio engineer and holds credits on Steve Winwood, Airto Moreira, Kundalini Boombox and Mary Fettig’s latest albums to name a few. Both his driving style and his versatility provide TWIST with exciting flair and a rock solid base. www.celsoalberti.com
Experienced on both upright and electric basses, in styles of music ranging from jazz and latin to pop and rock, Dan Feiszli anchors TWIST with versatility and panache. He has performed in concert with such notable artists as James Moody, Raul Midon, and Mickey Hart, and toured nationally and internationally with artists including Julio Iglesias, Nicole Yarling and Raul DiBlasio. In addition to his career as a performer, Dan is featured on hundreds of recordings as both a bassist and recording engineer, and has recorded and mixed albums reaching as high as #4 on the US Top 40 Jazz Radio Charts. In between performances and recording sessions, Dan can be found working as a freelance recording engineer and producer at his studio in El Cerrito, California. www.studiorhythm.com
Recording artist, composer, teacher and reed man extraordinaire, Larry De La Cruz is a tried and true staple of the local jazz community. Having worked with likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Liebman, Mike Zilber & Donald Harrison, De La Cruz also makes up 1/3 of the group Mo’Fone, one of the funkiest jazz projects ever to come out of the Bay Area. Larry's dynamic soloing can range from Coltrane-esque runs on up-tempo tunes to soulful wails on slower ballads. Whatever the genre, Larry's energetic style and musical sensitivity provide TWIST with color and variety whether he solos on tenor, alto, soprano or flute. www.larrydelacruz.com
As a major in Ethnomusicology (and Classics) at Brown University, Global Percussionist Ian Dogole delved deeply into the indigenous music cultures of the planet, while maintaining his fascination with the evolution of Jazz. Ian began to crystallize his vision of Global Fusion Music, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non-Western world. Ian has released six audio recordings as a leader and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza El Din, Tito La Rosa, Paul McCandless, David Friesen and Alex Degrassi, to name a few. In addition to his own releases, Ian’s compositions can be found on recordings by the world/fusion group Ancient Future, and have been used by the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown University and the Indonesian Park Service. He brings an authentic world beat to TWIST with a variety of percussion instruments including udu, cajon and dumbek. www.iandogole.com
West Coast Release Calendar Information:
“Like A Bridge” West Coast CD Release
4:30pm on June 3 (Sunday)
Jazzschool Concert Series
2087 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone (510) 845-5373
Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth
Berkeley Venue Website: www.jazzschool.com
Lua Hadar with TWIST: www.luahadar.com
Like A Bridge & The Bridges Project Info: http://likeabridge.net
Buy the CD on iTunes or at CD baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/luahadarwithtwist
Read the CD's first review at Times Square Chronicles: