LAILA BIALI LAUNCHES NEW QUARANTUNES VIDEO SERIES FOR INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY
WATCH THE FIRST INSTALLMENT
FOR THE SONG SUGAR HERE
NEW ALBUM OUT OF DUST OUT NOW
"Out of Dust sparkles like a soundtrack for spring." – The Vancouver Sun
"... moving, inspiring, and life-affirming songs." – SOCAN Words and Music
"This is a wholly confident record from the Juno winner, who continues to be one of the most talented and compelling artists in Canada. Out of Dust is another big step toward global stardom." – JAZZ.FM
Toronto, ON – April 30, 2020 – In celebration of International Jazz Day, JUNO Award winner, Laila Biali, has launched her new Quarantunes video series with a “live” performance of her single, Sugar. For this project, Biali invited some of the musicians she would ordinarily be on tour with right now to film and record themselves performing at home. Each individual track was then collated into one performance by Biali’s husband and co-producer, Ben Wittman. None of the performances were altered or overdubbed after the fact, and in this way, Biali and her fellow musicians formed a virtual band, on a virtual stage, to brighten these quarantine days! Watch the lead Quarantunes video for Sugar here.
"It's tough to not be on the road right now," says Biali. "Live performances bring the music to life and connection with audiences is what motivates me as an artist. So here we are, in this new space, creating a Quarantunes virtual stage where we can do that in a new way."
Biali's new album, Out of Dust, released on March 27 and was to include 3+ months of global tour dates, covering Canada, the US, and Europe. Because she can no longer bring this music to physical stages around the world, Biali went for the next best thing, which even has its advantages. For example, she wouldn't typically be able to tour with a group this size; but, this new "virtual reality" enables her to involve a larger circle of musicians and peers based in different cities – Toronto, Ontario; Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and Brooklyn, NY.
The Quarantunes video for Sugar features an all-star lineup of musicians: JUNO-nominated electric bassist, Rich Brown, who has performed with Steve Coleman, Angelique Kidjo, and Kurt Elling, to name a few; Larnell Lewis (electronic drums), who has earned multiple GRAMMY Award wins for his work with Snarky Puppy and recently collaborated with the legendary producer, Quincy Jones; Ben Wittman (percussion), who has supported pop icons, Sting and Paul Simon; Glenn Patscha (organ), who has toured with Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and others; Rob Christian (tenor saxophone) – one of Canada's premiere multi-instrumentalists; current Sky Trails Band member, Michelle Willis (backing vocals); and Snarky Puppy founding member, Mike "Maz" Maher (backing vocals). The performance video compilation was created by Nick Collingwood & Halla Creative.
Stay tuned for more installments of Laila Biali’s Quarantunes series coming soon!
About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in a JUNO Award win, multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, a TD Grand Jazz Award, Global Music Awards, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and Canadian National Smooth Jazz Award winners.