LAURA BERNAY - A TOUCH OF CLASS!

LAURA BERNAY - A TOUCH OF CLASS!

Laura Bernay is a sensational singer, flautist and pianist. Her repertoire is eclectic and far-reaching, covering the genres of jazz and cabaret to classical and world music.

Her formidable talents have taken her all around Australia, performing in some of the best cabaret and jazz venues. She has had regular appearances on television and as a guest artist on luxury ocean liners.

 Her international profile is extensive, with decades spent performing in Japan, The Middle East, USA and Europe. Born in the U.S.A with a French-Canadian background and married to a Frenchman, she is fluent in French, making her a totally convincing, charming and captivating chanteuse. Her French shows are of the highest standard and show an authentic flair for the style.

Laura's extraordinary versatility has seen her perform with WA Opera, Art Song Perth and Opera in Company. She then turned to world music which led to her time as lead singer for The Last Five Coins, specialising in music from the cafes and villages of Europe. Together they performed at The National Folk Festival (Canberra), The Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA) and Kulcha in Fremantle.

Laura has performed with her brother, Diesel (aka Mark Lizotte) and Jimmy Barnes as part of The Breath of Life Festival in both 2008 and 2010.

Now back performing in the jazz and cabaret world, Laura has performed at the Devenport Jazz Festival and Hobart Brookfield Margate Winery. In 2012 Laura released her album Eclectique , which covers a wide range of styles and compositions. "...a quality voice with a wide vocal range, navigating tricky arrangements with finesse and particularly adept at vocalise and scatting." - Australian Jazz Scene

Highlights of her performances in 2013 saw her in Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast at the famous Live@Lizotte's where she collaborated once again with Diesel to packed houses. The shows included her soulful blues songs where she and her brother kept audiences enthralled.

Perth audiences have come to know and love Laura for her sold out performances at Perth's top venues. Hers is a voice with true vocal technique, showing flexibility, agility and a warmth of sound only an experienced singer possesses.

A voice to savour and remember - experience her magic for yourself...

Solo, Trio, Quartet or Quintet

TESTIMONIALS

"Jazz standards, French chansons and the occasional perfectly judged blues or country number made for a very satisfying, often very moving evening with Laura Bernay and her quartet. Totally at home on the stage, Laura's beautiful voice, easy manner and formidable musicianship held the packed house rapt. Glorious jazz musicians provided the perfect backbone for this very classy...Yes, very, very classy!" - Stuart Maunder AM, Theatre Director

"Laura Bernay is one of those jazz singers who respects their audiences. She knows that apart from being loyal to the beautiful jazz idiom she performs with her eclectique repertoire, she is expected to entertain people as well. This she does to the max and superbly! As a result she fills the venues in which she performs with her quartet" - Victor Zappner, Devenport Jazz Festival Musical Director.

"Laura is certainly a verstile vocalist - equally at home with jazz as well as standards and other genres. She has that great quality of reacting so effortlessly with her audience and in doing so, bringing us, the audience, almost on stage with her" -  Murray Lavelle, Devenport Jazz Festival 

"You concert at the Alliance Francais de Perth in February 2013 extremely pleased our audience! The patrons were delighted and praised the high quality of your performance and we have received many complimentary messages since. You carried the show with humour and charm. I will gladly recommend your show to all Alliances Francaises in Australia and beyond. A big thank you for this wonderful evening! - Sylvie Dallier - Director Alliance Francaise de Perth

"Laura Bernay's show was outstanding. I was enthralled. In addition to having a rich, clear and magnificent voice, she has a delightfully engaging stage presense which helps bring the songs to life and honours her backing musicians. Also, she gave brief but thoughtful comments on the music itself and its place in our culture, which I found very interesting". - Dr Bruce Robinson "West Australian of the year 2013", Professor of Medicine