Laila Biali has won awards (SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canadas National Jazz Awards) and played the worlds most prestigious venues (North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyos Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall). Shes toured with GRAMMY award winners (Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega) and recorded with an international icon (Sting). In short: Shes established herself as one of Canadian jazzs brightest young stars.
Her new album is catchy, sophisticated, and unlike anything currently on the radio, its 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 hand claps 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.) Its pop music, but the experimental, distinctly human variety popularized by Regina Spektor, Rachael Yamagata, and Sara Bareilles.
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Sarasota, FL 34236
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