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New CD: Like A Bridge
release date: April 14, 2012
Somethin' Jazz Club, New York City
West Coast CD release - June 3, 2012
The California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley

Like A Bridge is the centerpiece of the 3-year Bridges Project, which also includes 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. The Like A Bridge DVD, also recorded at Fantasy Studios, was released in November 2012. For more info on the project visit www.likeabridge.net

CMJ Top Jazz Adds
Like A Bridge scores #1 on the CMJ list of radio stations adding new jazz titles. 6/30/12


1. Bridge Over Troubled Water (click to listen) Paul Simon
2. Beyond the Sea/La Mer
(French) Charles Trenet, Albert Lasry
3. Raha Mbola Misy
(click to listen) (Malagasy) Bessa sy Lola
4. San Francisco
(click to listen) (French) Maxime Le Forestier
5. Child of Man
Achinoam Nini (aka Noa), Gil Dor
6. Imagina
(Portuguese) Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque
7. Sukiyaki/Ue o Muite Aruko 
(Japanese) R. Ei, H. Nakamura
8. Ojalá Que Llueva Café
(Spanish) Juan Luis Guerra
9. Isfahan
(Instrumental) Billy Strayhorn; Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite
10. Stregata dall’Amor/Ravel’s Bolero
(Italian) Love theme from La Strada – Nino Rota, M. Galdieri, H. Shear, R. Wiegand / Bolero – Maurice Ravel


Multilingual Vocals: Lua Hadar
Piano: Jason Martineau
Acoustic & Electric Bass:
Dan Feiszli
Drums: Celso Alberti
Udu, Dumbek, Cajon: Ian Dogole
Reeds: Larry De La Cruz
Jazz Accordion: Dave Miotke
Cello: Emil Miland
Koto: Fumiko Ozawa

Musical Direction & Arranging:
Jason Martineau
Co-Producers: Candace Forest & Lua Hadar
Recording Engineer: Jesse Nichols
Live Sound Engineer: Craig Griffeath
Mixing Engineer: Dan Feiszli
Mastering Engineer: Ken Lee
Photos: Kingmond Young
Graphic Design: Paige Smith

Recorded LIVE at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, USA
Bellalua Records 2012; All Rights Reserved


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Lua Hadar with TWIST
release date: May 10, 2008
Iridium Jazz Club, New York City

Lua Hadar, a unique and original vocalist with a soaring range, interprets lyrics in several languages with a charming, swinging delivery. Her band, TWIST, plays its own brand of jazz without borders, spiced with elements of Latin, pop, funk, and international cabaret.

TOP 10 Radio Ratings:
KZSM in Santa Cruz, KAFM in Colorado, WEFT in Illinois, WMTU in Michigan, on lists with Charlie Parker, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Jacqui Naylor, Jane Monheit, and Elaine Elias.


1. Floating Where I Have Never Been (Je Vôle) (click to listen)
(Jason Martineau, French: Matthew Haslip)
2. Twilight World/Dancing in the Dark
(Marian McPartland, Johnny Mercer/Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
3. Sous Le Ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies)
(Hubert Yves Giraud, Jean Drejac)
4. All I Want
(Joni Mitchell) (click to listen)
5. No Borders
(Lua Hadar, Candace Forest & Jason Martineau)
6. Longer
(Dan Fogelberg)
7. Siboney 
(Ernesto Lecuona)
8. Hi Lilli Hi Lo/Les Chemins de l’Amour
(click to listen)
(Bronislaw Kaper, Helen Deutsch/Francis Poulenc, Jean Anouilh)
9. Vorrei
(Nini Giacomelli, Franco Bertoldi)

Vocals: Lua Hadar
Piano & Udu: Jason Martineau
Acoustic & Electric Bass:
Andrew Higgins
Drums & Percussion:
Jim Zimmerman
Latin Percussion: Patricio Angulo
Reeds: Tony Malfatti
Accordion: Dave Miotke
Musical Direction & Arranging:
Jason Martineau
Producer: Candace Forest
Graphic Design: Paige Smith
Photos: Kingmond Young
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Ari Rios
at Laughing Tiger Studios, San Rafael, CA
Bellalua Records 2008; All Rights Reserved

TWIST came into being during 2007, but the seeds were planted long ago. I can still see my father standing up to take a big band sax solo, still feel the thrill of mambos and cha-chas from the Latin band that followed, before I was whisked off to bed, with Dancing in the Dark as my lullaby. My fascination for language and travel blossomed in high school. Later, I sang on tour for five years with an Italian theatre company. The song Vorrei was written by Nini Giacomelli, who has been my colleague since that time.Musical theatre work and classical voice studies have produced fusions like Hi Lilli Hi Lo with Poulenc’s Les Chemins de L’Amour. I’ve always been awed by jazz, and hardly dared to approach it until I met my musical director, jazz pianist and composer Jason Martineau. “Dr. J” embraces all styles and helps put the twist in TWIST, adding tunes such as his Floating Where I Have Never Been to the mix. The shades of love presented here range from the personal to the love for humanity, embodied in our original, No Borders, written with composer-producer-“midwife,” Candace Forest.

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LUA HADAR - It's about Time - 2005

Crossover artist Lua Hadar finds her way around both jazz standards and show tunes with power and grace, taking her listeners on a terrific ride. Her voice has been described as earthy, soulful, pure and rich, while her fine comic timing and sense of humor shine through on a generous handful of tunes. Lua makes exuberant and deeply felt musical commentary on life, loss and love in her album It’s about Time.


1. Give Me the Simple Life/Make Someone Happy
(Harry Rubin & Rube Bloom / Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
Arrangement: Lua Hadar, Jason Martineau, Candace Forest
2. Let’s Eat Home
(Dave Frishberg)
3. In Qualche Parte del Mondo (Luigi Tenco)
*US premiere recording
4. Let’s Face the Music and Dance
(Irving Berlin)
Arrangement: Jason Martineau & Candace Forest
5. It’s Time
(Jack Murphy, Frank Wildhorn)
6. Undecided
(Sid Robin, Charles Shavers)
7. It’s Time for Roses
(Dennis Livingston) (click to listen)
*US premiere recording
8. Two For the Road
(Leslie Bricusse, Henry Mancini) (click to listen)
Arrangement: Candace Forest & Jason Martineau
9. Colored Lights
(Fred Ebb, John Kander)
10. Your Face Flew by My Window (Candace Forest)
*World premiere recording
11. The Best Is Yet to Come
(Carolyn Leigh, Cy Coleman)
12. Grateful
(John Bucchino)
13. Toujours Aimer
(Nita Raya, Charles Dumont)
14. Nature Boy
(Words & Music: Eden Ahbez) (click to listen)
Arrangement: Jason Martineau, Candace Forest, Lua Hadar

Vocals: Lua Hadar
Piano & Udu: Jason Martineau
Bass: John Wiitala
Percussion: David Rokeach

Musical Direction & Arranging:
Jason Martineau
Producers: Candace Forest and Lua Hadar
Recorded & Mixed at Banquet Studios, Santa Rosa, CA, Darryl Webb, Engineer
Mastered by Mike Bemesderfer, Digital Audio Solutions, Berkeley, CA
Graphic Design and Photos: Kingmond Young
© P Bellalua Records, A Division of New Performance Group 2005