Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal,
London, Halifax, Indian River, Markham
Tracing Light re-releases via Select Distribution
now available in physical stores across Canada
TORONTO – Singer and pianist Laila Biali (Lie-la Bee-ah-lee) heads on tour this month in Canada. After a concert last weekend in New York City (her newly adopted home where she resides with her drummer husband Ben Wittman), Laila is ready to get on the road to play the music from her Juno-nominated disc Tracing Light to fans across Canada alongside her trio drummer Larnell Lewis and bassist George Koller. The disc is now available in stores via Select Distribution (previously only available digitally and at concerts.)
06/24/11 – Ottawa International Jazz Festival
06/26/11 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival **homecoming show**
06/27/11 – Victoria International Jazz Festival
06/29/11 – Montreal International Jazz Festival
07/09/11 – London, ON Sunfest
07/14/11 – Halifax, NS Jazz East Festival
07/15/11 – Indian River, PEI Indian River Festival
08/20/11 – Markham Jazz Fest, ON
The recording first took seed in August 2009, just as Biali was leaving for Il Palagio – Sting’s Italian estate in Tuscany. Biali had secured a role singing back up for his DVD production and winter tour of If On a Winter’s Night… Live from Durham Cathedral and arrived at the villa to meet the award-winning singer for a series of rehearsals. Fresh off two years of touring with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, and Suzanne Vega, the collaboration with Sting gave her new energy to begin forming a plan for her next recording project.
The 30 year old singer and pianist’s disc is an inspired collection of songs written by Imogen Heap, K.D. Lang, Daniel Lanois, Billy Joel, standards popularized by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, and several of her original compositions.
For Biali, Tracing Light is the culmination of her work with world-renowned artists, tour dates at world-class venues spanning five continents, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru and the Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan, and numerous accolades including SOCAN composer of the year and Keyboardist of the year at the National Jazz Awards.
Visit Laila Biali online at www.lailabiali.com, find her on twitter at @@lailabiali and join her facebook community online.