Songs from Afar
Originally Lebanese- Canadian, Athens born Lara Eidi is a versatile jazz-cross over vocalist who blends jazz improvisational vocals with the sensitivity of a songwriter, met with the skilled nuances of a Streisand influenced vocal approach . She discovered a love for music at an early age, attaining a keen interest in piano and singing and performed with the Greek National Opera Productions as a young chorister from the age of 11. Her affinity for learning how to sing, play and create led her to delve in artistic paths that honed all her training as a musician as well as a writer . After completing a Degree in English Literature at the University of St Andrews, Lara pursued the path of music. She quickly made a name for herself as a jazz singer and collaborative songwriter in her hometowns of Athens and Beirut. She released to EP's to rave Reviews, and took her band on tour around Greece, Scotland, and Lebanon. She was praised for having a voice that "was reminiscent of " Streisand's clear vocal empathy yet Joni Mitchell in person, something entirely of her own accord" ( Broadway Baby, Edinburgh). She then moved to London where she completed a Masters in Jazz Voice Studies with distinction at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she now resides. She began to appear as an invited guest with celebrated UK Jazz vocalists and often engaged in music collaborations with creative cross- genre endeavors, blending jazz, folk and world music traditions. She has performed in a multitude of venues, amongst them St Martins in the Field, the Barbican, Milton Court, Pizza Express Dean Street, Sofar Sounds. Lara is engaged as a solo artist and songwriter, with set performances beginning in March around the UK and a summer tour in Lebanon, and appears as a singer for numerous musicians as well.
Tonight’s performance will include an homage to celebrated songwriters spanning both the folk and jazz genres, including Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, Dianne reeves to name a few, including some original compositions.