Lua Hadar with Twist


Our Common Humanity

Date and Time: Saturday , May 26, 6:00PM
Duration: 75 mins, without intermission
Location: Gallery 308

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $15, $18, $21
General Admission: $25
Reserved seating:: $30
Front Row Seating: $35

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Producer & Vocals: Lua Hadar
Music Director & Piano: Jason Martineau
Bass: Sascha Jacobsen
Drums: Celso Alberti
Percussion: Ian Dogole
Reeds: Sheldon Brown
Guitar: Schuyler McFadden

Artist Info


Work Sample

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Lua Hadar with her band Twist, live in concert, will premiere a new music video to their original song, Our Common Humanity. Coming from the traditions of theatre and cabaret, Hadar is a storyteller who gathers in the audience and takes them with her on a voyage, around the world and back through time. Singing in several languages, she reaches out to make the point that no matter what the language, the human emotion is the same. Common needs, fears and joys characterize the human experience. Her versatile band plays in many styles, twisting the grooves of the source material, as Hadar’s voice soars and growls. All ages.

Artists' Bios

Lua Hadar, vocalist
Lua Hadar is a multi-lingual vocalist, emcee and voice actor, a teaching artist and an independent producer. Her lifelong commitment to cultural exchange has been inspired by diverse international collaborations. Lua sings her own brand of cosmopolitan jazz with her band, Twist, reaching out with song and story to give audiences a sense of their shared humanity. In addition to her world fusion shows, she also performs French and Italian-themed shows at clubs, wineries and events. Hadar has charmed audiences from New York to Paris to Bangkok and has performed at some of the Bay Area’s best venues, including the Fairmont Hotel, Yoshi's Jazz Club and Feinstein's at the Nikko.

Jason Martineau, pianist and Music Director
Jason Martineau is an award-winning composer, pianist, arranger, and instructor, and has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995. He has composed numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and chorus, as well as a full-length musical, and over 200 songs, both instrumental and vocal. He has recorded more than ten CDs in various genres, and has also been featured on numerous other artists' recordings as pianist, music director, vocalist, and producer. He provides arrangements, original compositions, soundtracks, sound design, accompaniment, private instruction, and musical direction for a diverse and eclectic client base.

Sascha Jacobsen, bass
Sascha Jacobsen's musical roots go back to his great, great, great, great-grandfather, a bassist for the Moscow Opera. Founder of the Musical Art Quintet, which plays his original works, he also performs frequently with symphonies, theatre, opera, and dance groups. Sascha has performed with Kronos Quartet, Rita Moreno, Hugh Jackman, Martin Short, Mandy Patinkin & Patti LuPone, Marc Shaiman, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Andrew Lippa, Eddie Duran, Dave MacNab, Tim Weed, Tango masters Raul Jaurena, Pepe Motta, and Maria Volonte, Flamenco greats Chuscales, Jose Luis Rodriguez, and Juanito Pascual, as well as Grammy winning artists Mads Tolling and Tupac Mantilla, and many others.

Celso Alberti, drums
Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Celso was performing professionally on the drums by the age of 17. In 1982, he moved to NYC, working with Clarice Taylor, Toninho Horta and The New York Samba Band. On to San Francisco in 1984, where he joined Brazilian band Terra Sul and the award-winning band Batucaje. His first major international tour was with renowned percussionist Airto Moreira and singer Flora Purim. Celso also performed and toured with Herbie Mann, Steve Winwood, Craig Chaquico, Joyce Cooling, John Lucien, Michael Manring, Kit Walker, Frank Martin, Andrei Kondakov, Stef Burns, Chico Pinheiro, legendary Brazilian singer Emilio Santiago, Claudia Villela, Tim Hockenberry, Paul Hanson, George Brooks, Kai Eckhardt and more.

Ian Dogole, percussionist
For over 35 years, Ian Dogole has articulated his vision of Music Beyond Borders as a multi-percussionist, bandleader, educator, recording artist, composer and producer. He released seven albums and a DVD as a leader and has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza el Din, Richie Cole, Paul McCandless, Alex deGrassi. Ian plays percussion instruments from Africa, the Middle East and South America. He has received numerous grants from the NEA, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Marin Arts Council. Ian is an active music educator in Marin County schools and in facilities supporting people with disabilities.

Sheldon Brown, reeds
Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has worked in the SF Bay Area music scene for over 20 years, performing with his Sheldon Brown Group frequently at Yoshiʼs and with SF Jazz. Brown toured internationally as a soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, recording 5 albums and playing famous venues in Den Haag, Paris, Tokyo, and more. Brown performs with and composes for numerous Bay Area groups, such as the Club Foot Orchestraʼs cartoon series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, which aired on CBS. In 2014 he premiered his composition Blood of the Air at the SF Jazz Festival, based on the speech melodies of Beat-era Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia.

Schuyler McFadden, guitar
Schuyler McFadden has been a Bay Area musician for the last 10 years, gigging all around the Bay with cover bands and playing in the pit for major musical productions. He’s played with Broadway tours of Book of Mormon, the Revival Tour of Cabaret, Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Shrek the Musical, Motown and Hamilton. For Berkeley Rep, he performed original hit productions of Amélie and Monsoon Wedding, and played Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at American Conservatory Theater.


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