A beautiful voice is a gift. The ability to communicate the lyrics of a song in a way that the audience can feel something ring true deep inside of them is a talent. To have both a gift and a talent is a special combination. For Laura Wazen, while having a beautiful voice, the most important thing is to communicate the meaning behind the song. Sometimes this means that her voice is bel canto with a pure sound. Other times, the meaning of the song is playful, or sad, or wise, or saucy, or joyful, or broken-hearted, and each of these meanings has a different kind of tone or diction that comes from deep within. That is why Laura loves the idiom of jazz because it has the freedom of interpretation that is unique to each singer based on their life and experiences. Because of this philosophy, Laura listens to and loves many styles of music in addition to jazz, be it country, bluegrass, rock and roll, French classics, Brazilian bossa nova, the blues, church spirituals…. What draws her to the music is the heart and soul with which it is played, and the singer’s ability to make you feel like they are singing the song that you have lived at some point in your own life.
Her performances include classic jazz repertoire, bossa nova, country songs, and contemporary music from some of the greatest composers of our time including Henry Mancini or Michele LeGrand.
Laura allows herself to be in the moment when performing. This means feeling the phrasing and musicality of her fellow band members and allowing their musical ideas to influence her musical choices when delivering the song. Being in the moment also means feeling the music in the physical sense. Is it time to stand perfectly still, or is time to use your hands to speak and feel the lyric? Is it time to sway and let the music express itself physically with movement…?
Her band is composed of great musicians, who like Laura have been playing music their whole life. What is better than the upright bass? John DeWitt’s sound on the bass is so rich and so pure, seeming to sing on its own like the vocal cords of a singer…. Laura loves to sing at times with just the bass alone accompanying her so the sound field is open and pure with room to feel and think the meaning of the song. Other times, Laura enjoys the orchestral sound that only a piano can deliver. Dan Dembicki knows how to use all ten fingers and all 88 keys when accompanying Laura on the piano. Piano chords form a rich fat pad for her voice to float over the top of. Other times, Laura’s ear draws to the drums which is the heartbeat of the music. Jack Wazen’s style on the drums is organic and spontaneous. The rhythms of the drum influence the rhythms of her voice, as lyrics in their own right have a rhythm that allows each delivery of the verse to be fresh and new.
TWO TICKET TYPES
1. General Admission: Best seats in the house
2. VIP Meet & Greet: Join other VIPs and chat with the performing artist at end of the show in a breakout room
YOU WILL RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK IN THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL AFTER YOU PURCHASE YOUR TICKET.
TIME OF SHOW:
London 12:30 am+1
N.Y.C. 7:30 pm
Chicago 6:30 pm
Denver 5:30 pm
L.A. 4:30 pm
GET INTO THE ACT AND HAVE EVEN MORE FUN:
This exciting and unique performance will allow you, the audience, to participate by affecting the performance with your appearance and reactions. The virtual nightclub experience will be as powerful in your mind as an action-packed movie or a well-written novel with entertainment value. With our high-quality production, you will be transported to a nightclub experience. We want you to take part in this exciting, new platform and participate and 'get into character' as a good audience should. Let us show you how.
Go to https://metropolitanzoom.com/audience to learn more about good audience-ship, please watch the instructions on:
Accessing the show at showtime
Rules of conduct
Suggestions to get into the act and optimize your experience
Snack and drink suggestions
Sound and lighting on your end
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OUR VIRTUAL DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE SHOW: PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. WE’VE GOT MUSIC TRIVIA, A VIRTUAL BARTENDER AND RECEPTIONIST WAITING TO GREET YOU.
*** VIP AND BACKSTAGE PASS HOLDERS
Please wait until after the end of the show to be brought into the VIP room. You will be asked if you want to join it and you must click on YES to access the VIP Room. Once you’ve entered, please UNMUTE your microphone so you can interact with the performing artists. It is very important that when you sign into Zoom, that you make sure your name is correct on the Zoom screen. Sometimes, people enter the zoom room as "Joe's iPhone" or "Jane's Ipad." We will not be able to separate you from the crowd unless your name is correct and we can identify you. To update your name on the screen, mouse over your name on the participant list and Click to RENAME yourself correctly. We cannot be held responsible if you were left out of the VIP Meet & Greet if it's not clear to us who you are. Thank you for your assistance in advance.