I'm thrilled to be presenting three bands this month as part of my residency at a fantastic venue that opened its doors just last week: the beautiful and intimate SubCulture in New York City's NoHo district. Each night will feature new musicians, different music, and two fan song requests as we debut REQUESTOMATIC state side.
Here are the line-ups:
Friday, May 10 - special guest JOHN ELLIS
Laila Biali - piano/vocals
John Ellis - saxophones
Linda Oh - bass
Jordan Perlson - drums
All shows start at 7:30 pm, and doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 if you buy in advance, $18 at the door.
SubCulture is at 45 Bleecker Street, close to the 6 train (Bleecker St station), B/D/F/M trains (Broadway-LaFayette St station), and the N/R trains (Prince St station).
Here is the Facebook Event Page where you can join in and write your requests on the wall. I'm taking song requests and will arrange something/anything just for you! We've already had requests for Paula Cole, Randy Newman and Celine Dion and my creative juices are flowing as I try and re-imagine these songs in a way that is uniquely ours and consistent with our sound. You can also email your requests to email@example.com. Just let me know which show you'll be at.
There's still time to get tickets to our upcoming shows in Ontario:
MARCH 16 in OTTAWA: CLICK HERE to order tickets. Only 30 left! MARCH 21 in MARKHAM: CLICK HERE to order tickets and save 25% using the promo code: StillTheOne MARCH 22 in HAMILTON: CLICK HERE to order tickets and save $5 using the promo code: StillTheOne
Join our Facebook Event Page HERE and write your special song requests for these shows on the Wall! Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the March show dates in Ottawa, Markham and Hamilton, Ontario, Laila welcomes audiences to join her facebook event and write down their song requests, either from her existing repertoire or bring forward a suggestion for a new arrangement for the show they are attending.
"I love hearing about what songs people are listening to, and look forward to the challenge of arranging the requested songs and making them my own. This is our way of adding a twist to concert goers' experience." says Biali. "We've called it the requestomatic. I think it will be fun! For those not on facebook but attending an Ontario show, they can e-mail their song requests to email@example.com.
Here's a free download of My Funny Valentine from Laila! (click on the down arrow on the soundcloud side to get the track for free!)
Is it February already? How time flies! We're celebrating the month of love in a number of ways.
First of all, we're going on tour! We're hitting venues in New York, Quebec City, Ottawa, Markham and Hamilton this February and March and we couldn't be happier to get back on stage and play you some charming new arrangements... with some lovely new toys! (toys = instruments)
Our first gift to you is that we're offering a heart-y (get it?) discount to our Hamilton, Ontario debut on Friday, March 22 : CLICK HERE to order your tickets and you'll automatically SAVE $5 !! Don't miss out as this special only runs until February 14. When checking out, use PROMO CODE: StillTheOne
INTRODUCING ... THE REQUESTOMATIC!
For the first time ever, we're letting YOU choose the music for our upcoming shows in Ottawa, Markham and Hamilton! All you have to do is join our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE and tell us what song you'd like to hear by writing on the facebook wall and we'll program the concert just for you! It's easy, and fun. You can choose your favourite song from Laila's existing catalogue OR you can suggest a brand new song you'd like to hear her arrange. This week, Jonathan Correia suggested Laila arrange Freedom Jazz Dance on the facebook event page and we subsequently discovered a live video featuring Esperanza Spalding and Bobby McFerrin from the Grammys that totally inspired us! So get your tickets, write on the wall with your request and stay in touch. Tell your friends! Come to the shows! Request tunes! We're excited to see you soon!!
And for a little more love DOWNLOAD FREE the love song Laila co-wrote with Marc Jordan, "Still The One" Just CLICK HERE and scroll down the page.
Stay tuned for more special Valentine's treats coming soon...
We're pleased to announce new North American tour dates this February and March. Tour dates include a stop at the Bourse RIDEAU in Quebec City as well as a show at the Rockwood Music Hall's Stage 2 in New York and Ontario dates in Ottawa, Markham and Hamilton. Tickets are now on sale (check the SHOW section for direct ticket links and dates!)
Laila brings along her exceptional collaborators George Koller (bass) and Larnell Lewis (drums) on the Canadian dates of the tour, which is in support of her recent Live in Concert release. Well known for her ability to arrange pop and jazz tunes and turn them on its head, the album includes the first recording of her arrangement of Leonard Cohen's "Show Me The Place" a soaring version of the tune perfectly appointed by glockenspiel and grand piano.
The past year has been a time of incubation and inspiration for the Vocal Jazz Juno-nominee and National Jazz Award winner, composing and collaborating on new songs with a host of well-known talent in Toronto and New York as well as The Banff Centre. Her upcoming tour dates promise to be special as some of the new tunes will be road-tested on new ears. Make sure to find and "like" her on facebook for more details on each of the shows and to request your favourite song on the event wall!