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The monthly Tea Break is a series of short, fun items in What's New Magazine that also gives jazz musicians an opportunity to update us with what they are doing. Here are the Tea Breaks they (and I) have taken since 2015.

Lara Eidi - August 2016


Lara Eidi


Lara Eidi is one of those singers who connects with the audience as soon as she starts to sing. Perhaps psychologists can explain the gift – and it is a gift – personality? a love for what she is doing? an empathy with the music and the band? knowing she can take her great voice where she wants it to go? Whatever it is, it gained her a distinction and an appreciative audience at her final recital for her Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in June.

Lara Eidi is a singer-songwriter of Greek, Lebanese and Canadian ethnicity previously living in Greece and now based in London. She recorded her first album, an EP, Little People in 2012 followed by a further EP, Tell It Like It Is in 2014. She has played in Beirut, Lebanon (International Music Festival) and at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Her Lara Collective band became established in Greece where they made a number of videos that are now available on Youtube. If you get the chance to hear her sing live, don't miss it.

We invited Lara to take a Tea Break:


Hi Lara, tea or coffee?

Hello! Coffee, without a doubt! A good coffee with a good friend is a must in life.

Milk and sugar?

Chocolate or cinnamon!!


Lara Eidi


If you could ask two past jazz musicians or vocalists to join us for the tea break, who would you invite?

Ohhh - a massive tea break with everything be would be ideal! But I would say Nina (Simone). I'd have coffee and a jam with Nina. I could listen to her stories all day and I'm convinced Oscar Peterson would be the most delightful coffee buddy.


What would you ask them?

I'd like to think I'd listen to them play. Anything I would ask would result into music. It was their truest form of expression. But I'd ask Nina how did she muster so much courage in her music and individuality to speak out on issues which prevented her and so many others to  perform in the first place?






Here's Lara singing Nina Simone's Be My Husband.
The video was recorded on a rooftop in downtown Athens with Stavros Parginos (cello) and Giotis Paraskeviades (guitar).





Hob Nob, Bourbon, Garibaldi or digestive biscuit?

Digestive biscuit. I'm always the one with cookies and a pint of cider at a jazz gig.

How did your degree course at Guildhall go?

Oh wow! Biggest roller coaster ride of my life. But the universe smiled and I graduated very happily and successfully. Moreover I learnt more about myself as an artist then I ever thought imaginable. Gratitude.

How was your final recital?

Amazing ! So fun! I felt totally free, and the musicians were freaking awesome!


Watch Lara's final recital at the Guildhall College of Music and Drama in June 2016 with
Edwin Ireland (bass); Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet); Jamie Saffiruden (piano) and Adam Teixeria (drums)





What have you got coming up in the future?

‘I've got rhythm ...’ - no just kidding! I've got some exciting projects coming up. I aim to really create a larger platform for crossover jazz, and am excited to finish some new compositions, ideally for an album. It's been two years since I've written, and now I've got so much inspiration it's inevitable!

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Who else have you heard recently that we should listen out for?

I heard the iyatra Quartet recently - it's exactly the sort of thing that should be encouraged - classical and jazz musicians coming together for a major fusion of well, music! Also, I would recommend Jacob Collier but who hasn't heard of him?

[Click here for a video introducing the iyatra Quartet's 2015 album This World Alone].


Another biscuit?

Why yes , thank you !


Here is Lara singing Errol Garner's Misty at a private function in Athens




[Click here for Lara's Facebook page]


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