Celebrating ten years of glorious music-making, vocalist Lua Hadar and pianist Jason Martineau come together for a rare duo concert in the acoustic space of creativity salon The Emerald Tablet,
Sunday, March 29 at 6pm. (doors 5:30). The salon in the heart of North Beach sits right next to iconic blues club The Saloon and across Columbus Ave. from City Lights Bookstore. Eclectic, worldly and funny, the duo will populate their program with their signature variety of grooves and languages with special emphasis on the tunes you might not hear in concert with their band, Twist. Space is limited and advance sale tickets at $20 are on sale now at https://eventbrite.com/event/1384664569/ as well as at the door on a space-available basis. A reception with the artists will follow the concert. Advance sale orders receive a free download card at the door.
Just yards away from their sold-out 2005 debut at the legendary Purple Onion, Hadar and Martineau unite at the hip new venue in San Francisco’s North Beach for a 10-year anniversary Duo Concert. The Emerald Tablet, (a creativity salon run by Della Haywood and Lapo Guzzini) presents performances, exhibits, and workshops in a wide variety of fields. With a grand piano and an intimate space, the stage is set for the vocal and pianistic artistry of this virtuosic pair of performers.
“A jubilee is an anniversary, commemoration, celebration,” says Hadar, “but it also means ‘on fire’ like cherries jubilee (flambé). I feel musically on fire every time I sing with Jason Martineau, and that’s how it’s been for 10 years.“
Martineau and Hadar began working together in 2005, when producer Candace Forest brought them together for Lua’s first solo recording project, It’s About Time. Since then, they formed Twist and have collaborated on three CDs and a DVD, performing live shows in New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok and many Bay Area venues, including the renowned jazz venue, Yoshi’s.Since its inception in 2007, Hadar’s cosmopolitan jazz ensemble Twist has developed a multi-lingual world jazz fusion that twists the styles of international standards and brings new material into the jazz idiom.
Martineau’s skilled and sensitive arrangements utilize Hadar’s wide range of vocal styles and languages, bringing classic tunes into jazz from far-flung places on the planet as Japan, Madagascar, Brazil, France and Italy.
Lua has charmed audiences from New York’s Iridium Jazz Club to Bangkok’s Thailand Cultural Center to the Swan Bar in Paris, releasing three CDs with Music Director Jason Martineau and Twist.
The most recent, Like A Bridge, was recorded in 2012 as the centerpiece of her Bridges Project. The Like A Bridge DVD was nominated for an Independent Music Award and was released at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland in September of 2013 after its premiere at San Francisco’s Historic Balboa Theater. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4424714
Hadar is no stranger to North Beach clubs, having performed and hosted many events through the years at The Purple Onion (http://purpleonionlive.com), Peña Pachamama (http://pachamamacenter.org) and Jazz at Pearl’s (http://www.jazzwest.com/articles/pearls_closing.html).
In her early years in San Francisco Lua performed frequently at the famous Caffè Trieste, rubbing elbows with musicians and bohemians such as the celebrated late painter Lorant Chovan, who created many images of the chanteuse.