Friday, May 10, 24, 31: Laila Biali
Doors at 6:30pm / Shows at 7:30pm
Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali, who has toured with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole, recorded with and supported Sting (see Sting?s DVD release, “A Winter?s Night: Live from Durham Cathedral”), and played all over the world at Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, will be taking over SubCulture for a residency in May! Each performance features leading musicians from the New York scene including saxophonist John Ellis, vocalist Jo Lawry and violinist Zach Brock. Laila Biali’s arrangements of jazz standards, contemporary pop songs, and original pieces will be given unique, contrasting treatments within the context of each hand-picked ensemble. These shows will be the NYC debut of REQUESTOMATIC, where concertgoers can email [email]email@example.com[/email], request a song from her existing repertoire, or challenge her to arrange a song of their choosing. Two songs each show will be chosen and debuted. www.lailabiali.com Tix: $15-18
Sting had this to say about Laila Biali: “It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.”
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