Location: CU Center
Making Concordia University Irvine one of just two stops in California on her album release tour, Laila Biali will host a clinic for our students, followed by a private concert featuring songs from her self-titled album.
Laila would like to reintroduce herself. “I’ve been playing music professionally for years but this album feels, in a way, like a new beginning.” Described as: "Catchy, sophisticated, and unlike anything currently on the radio; it’s pop music, but not the kind that can be neatly tagged by an algorithm. Melodies take thrilling left turns and pre-choruses give way to instrumental interludes. One minute Biali is soaring over a bluesy storm of handclaps and hard-charging keyboard riffs ('Got to Love'), the next she is pouring out her soul on an impassioned, slow-burning plea for empathy ('Refugee'). It’s pop music, but the experimental, distinctly human variety popularized by Regina Spektor, Rachael Yamagata, and Sara Bareilles."
Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali melds "traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine).
Catchy, sophisticated, and unlike anything currently on the radio; it’s pop music, but not the kind that can be neatly tagged by an algorithm.
Sought after for tours with GRAMMY winning artists Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting, Laila has also headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. In 2016, Laila was a featured performer at the first-ever global TEDSummit. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up, Live in Concert, was named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine. In September of 2017, Laila became the host of CBC Radio’s national show, Saturday Night Jazz. Her new self-titled album released January 26, 2018.