Press Release

May 10, 2020, San Francisco
For Immediate Release

American vocalist and songwriter Lua Hadar releases the second original music video of her Voyager Project with the YouTube debut of her new song and music video,“Saudade”.

“Saudade” Original Bossa Nova Music Video with English Lyrics by Lua Hadar (2020) 


“Saudade” is a Portuguese word describing a profound emotional state of yearning for happiness that has passed. Although production on the song was begun in 2018, the feeling of “saudade” seems particularly pertinent in “The Time of Corona.”

Digging deep into her archives, her past, and her own spirit, Lua asks herself questions about the innocence of childhood, aroused by a sense memory.

“I was raised on Long Island, New York, and we went to the Atlantic Ocean beaches frequently. Walking on an Atlantic beach decades later, my feet remembered the specific feel and temperature of the sand, and the lyrics came pouring out of me.”

Read Lua’s blog, Nomad Notes WHAT IS SAUDADE?

The 5:45 minute music video was produced in collaboration with Hadar’s longtime music partner, Dr. Jason Martineau, whose skills in music production, photography, and video production are on display in this new piece..

The new Saudade music video is free to view on Lua Hadar’s YouTube Channel.




The “Saudade” digital audio single by Lua Hadar with Twist will soon be available on most digital services. Buy Lua’s music on Amazon.








Our Common Humanity Premiere
our common humanity premiere 2018

For Immediate Release April 16, 2018
Media Contact Lua Hadar, Vocalist & Producer

With her 7-piece band and in 7 languages, vocalist Lua Hadar premieres
new original music video  Our Common Humanity
San Francisco International Arts Festival

Who: Lua Hadar with Twist
What: Live concert and premiere of a new music video, Our Common Humanity
Where: San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Gallery 308, San Francisco
When: Saturday, May 26 at 6:00 pm

Multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar with her band Twist live in concert, premiering a new music video set to Lua’s original song, Our Common Humanity. Piano: Jason Martineau; Bass: Sascha Jacobsen; Drums: Celso Alberti; Percussion: Ian Dogole; Reeds: Sheldon Brown; Guitar: Schuyler McFadden. Saturday, May 26 at 6:00pm, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, Gallery 308. All ages. Tickets at SFIAF.ORG or call 415-399-9554.

 TWEET: Multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar with band Twist live in concert to debut new music video. May 26 at 6pm. Tickets or 415-399-9554


For Immediate Release:
San Francisco, April 16, 2018: The San Francisco International Arts Festival presents multi-lingual vocalist Lua Hadar with her band Twist live in concert, to premiere a new music video, Our Common Humanity. Twist’s fourth album, set to release in 2019, will feature Hadar’s originals and “twists” of traditional folk tunes. Our Common Humanity, one of Lua’s new originals, is the soundtrack for the music video that will make its debut at the festival in May.

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. Lua says, “The assault on our Democracy and on human rights has galvanized me to stand up for equal rights for all, and has inspired the music video, Our Common Humanity.”

Her versatile band plays in many styles, twisting the grooves of source material, as Hadar’s voice soars and growls. Music Director/Piano: Jason Martineau; Bass: Sascha Jacobsen; Drums: Celso Alberti; Percussion: Ian Dogole; Reeds: Sheldon Brown; Guitar: Schuyler McFadden. Saturday, May 26 at 6:00pm, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, Gallery 308. All ages. Tickets starting SFIAF.ORG or call 415-399-9554.

Lua Hadar with Twist seeks to ignite an awareness of our common humanity in their audiences. Hadar sings her own cosmopolitan blend of world music, bringing songs in several languages and styles into the jazz idiom. She has been molded by cultural diplomacy experiences in places as diverse as Bali, Russia, Thailand, France, Switzerland, Japan, Israel, Eastern Europe and Italy. Lua and Twist have charmed audiences from the Swan Bar in Paris to the Bangkok International Festival to Yoshi’s Jazz Club to the Iridium in Lua’s native NYC. Twist’s 2012 full-length Concert Film, Like A Bridge, appears on GooglePlay and iTunes.



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, Music Director and pianist
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, clarinet, oboe and other 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.

Candace Forest & Claudia Landivar, backup vocals and Stand Up artwork
Candace Forest and Claudia Landivar, “The Twistettes,” are making their first appearance with Twist at Fort Mason and proud to be raising their voices in songs of Love and Resistance with longtime friend and colleague, Lua Hadar. Veteran performers, Candace and Claudia lend their considerable creative skills in music as well as production, public relations and marketing to many worthy local and national causes.


San Francisco International Arts Festival (May 24 – June 3, 2018) celebrates the arts by bringing together a global community of artists and audiences. The organization presents innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness and understanding. The Festival is co-presented by and takes place at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, which is located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, at 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco.

Following the successful presentation of the 2017 Festival with the theme In the Dark Times, Will There also be Singing? SFIAF will continue its commitment to promoting and presenting artistic work that focuses on issues of social justice and civil and human rights. In 2018 Down by the Riverside will evoke the memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and look to inspire a new generation of Americans to become engaged and active citizens. What can we still learn from Dr. King’s message in the United States, half a century after his death? Today in America we must make common cause with allies and acknowledge that an attack on one is an attack on all.

Altogether the 2018 Festival will feature the work of 50 ensembles and individual artists from Argentina, Canada, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan and the Bay Area. SFIAF.ORG


Photo: Kingmond Young