HIGHLIGHT OF THE NEW YORK WEEKEND: SINGER/SONGWRITER/PIANIST ELLA LEYA PERFORMS SUNDAY NIGHT AT JOE’S PUB

By Don Heckman Singer/songwriter and pianist Ella Leya makes her New York debut at Joe’s Pub on Sunday night.  It’s a rare performance by a gifted artist who should not be missed. “It’s the voice of Ella Leya that first grabs you,” wrote the Los Angeles Times in reviewing her first album releases. “Simmering with… Read More HIGHLIGHT OF THE NEW YORK WEEKEND: SINGER/SONGWRITER/PIANIST ELLA LEYA PERFORMS SUNDAY NIGHT AT JOE’S PUB

Live Music: YUSUF or CAT STEVENS? at London’s Eventim Apollo

By Ella Leya (iRoM’s European Correspondent) London, Engand.  Both names illuminated Eventim Apollo, formerly the Hammersmith Apollo, one of the UK’s largest and best-preserved original Art Deco theaters – a venue that played host to many legendary acts of the past – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley. As well as to Steven Demetre… Read More Live Music: YUSUF or CAT STEVENS? at London’s Eventim Apollo

Here, There & Everywhere: Micah Altshuler Sings About A La La Dream…

By Don Heckman When iRoM’s London-based, European correspondent Ella Leya told me she’d written a song for her ambitious teen-age son, Micah, I was intrigued.  I knew Ella was a gifted singer/songwriter – her songs have been featured on such films and TV shows as Ocean’s Twelve, PU-239, My Sassy Girl, Dirty Sexy Money, and… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Micah Altshuler Sings About A La La Dream…

A Russian/Californian in London: “Madame Butterfly” by the English National Opera

With this post, writer/composer/singer Ella Leya begins her International Review of Music reports on the cultural view from London and beyond. By Ella Leya London.  It’s been a few months since I left the gold-and-sapphire paradise of the Southern California Rivera and arrived at the rainy, smoky, dressed-in-tarnished-iron and moldy stone banks of river Thames.… Read More A Russian/Californian in London: “Madame Butterfly” by the English National Opera

Q & A: Singer/Songwriter Ella Leya’s “Secret Lives of Women”

By Don Heckman Azerbaijani-born, Hollywood composer/singer/pianist Ella Leya (Naroditskaya) has released her new CD, “Secret Lives of Women.” Her previous two recordings, “Queen of Night” and “Russian Romance” received high praise in Billboard Magazine, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.  Borders named her “Russian Romance” one of the Ten… Read More Q & A: Singer/Songwriter Ella Leya’s “Secret Lives of Women”