Cultural Diplomacy

Cultural Diplomats for a New new age

The mission of LUA HADAR with TWIST is to promote world harmony through music, seeking to ignite in audiences an awareness of our common humanity.

Lua Hadar sings her own brand of cosmopolitan jazz, bringing songs in several languages and styles into the jazz idiom.

Lua’s style as a vocalist has been molded by cultural diplomacy experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Thailand, France, Switzerland, Japan, Hungary and Italy. Her love for The Great American Songbook, the soundtrack of her New York childhood, and her fascination with world cultures, influence the sophisticated song choices for her high-energy band, TWIST.

Endorsement from Sister Cities NorCal International

Mini-documentary on Cultural Exchange in France



Lua visits longtime colleagues and founders of the Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno, Nini Giacomelli and Bibi Bertelli, at the company's home in Breno, Italy. Their comic cabaret festival, From The Shaman to the Showman, enters its 11th year in 2013 in the Vallecamonica, and the founders plan a co-production with Society Cabaret in San Francisco, to be hosted by Lua.

ITALY: Lua sang at Villa Verita for the descendants of Dante and the guests of the Librarti Book Series, June 2013.

ITALY: Reunion with theatre colleagues from A.I.D.A. Centro Teatro Ragazzi di Verona, June 2013.

FRANCE: Lua previews her new show C’est Magnifique at the Swan Bar in Paris with American pianist Sheldon Forrest and French bassist Albin Suffys in the band, June 2013.


FRANCE: World Music Club and Chez Georges featured the CD Like A Bridge with a live appearance by Lua in the underground Wine Cave, June 2013

FRANCE: French theatre company Les Chantiers de L’Inédit invited us to a retreat at their mountain home at Le Quintanel, July 2013.


Cultural Exchange Odyssey



Merci Paris - Swan Bar in Montparnasse



FRANCE: Lua Hadar peformed in concert with The French TWIST, and taught a master class for jazz singers, as part of a collaboration with the Ville de Lomme, Ecole Municipale de Musique et de Dance de Lomme, theater company Les Chantiers de L’Indédit de Lille, and the Musiconoclast’ Orchestra, under the direction of Albin Suffys.

Press Release – Cultural Exchange in Lille, France


THAILAND: Lua Hadar with TWIST make their international debut at the Bangkok 10th International Festival of Dance & Music in the 2000-seat Thailand Cultural Center


SAN FRANCISCO: In October 2012, Lua Hadar’s San Francisco-based Studio NPG hosted a cultural exchange with two French musicians. See video


FRANCE: Lua performs a featured concert at the Swan Bar in Paris.


ITALY: Comedians without borders: Lua Hadar, co-founder of the comic girl trio "The Kitchenettes," brought the group to award-winning international distinction at the first Italian National Festival of Comic Song, "From the Shaman to the Showman," where they were the only Americans on the bill, and the only females.



ITALY: Five year performance residency and ongoing exchange relationship with Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno; performed in the Italian National Festival of Comic Song, on tour as Peter Pan, and cited in the new book Delitti e Canzoni (Delights and Songs) by Giacomelli, Canciani and Covri.


ITALY: "In Verona, she is well-known, well thought of, and remembered... she enchanted thousands of spectators, both old and young... Lua Hadar has returned to Italy after 10 years to debut in Breno, Brescia. The show, entitled 'The Languages of Love,"...demonstrates how much this artist has grown in experience and musical wisdom."


SPAIN: Performer in Barcelona's Cultural Olympics with the Italian production of "Verso Oz...all'orizzonte un Mondo Incantato" (Towards Oz... on the horizon an Enchanted World).


BALI: Studying mask dance with a Topeng Dance Master


SWITZERLAND: On tour with theatre production of Calvino’s Marcovaldo, produced by AIDA Centro Teatro di Verona


RUSSIA: On tour in Moscow with an exchange production of The Wizard of Oz


JAPAN: Delivered a presentation on Arts in Education at the Haki Festival of the Arts


HUNGARY: Prolific Hungarian painter, the late Lorant Chovan, created many images with Lua as the subject. www.lorantchovan.com


USA: Lua was honored to have been invited by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and the Angel Island Immigration Station. Both events commemorated the Angel Island Centennial.


USA: Opened this June 3rd, 2009 peace vigil with John Lennon's "Imagine" in support of journalists being held in North Korea.

USA: Lua sings at celebration for release of American journalists from North Korea at the Academy of Art University - NBC News (click picture to hear the full report)

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