Catch the Unique Sound of Emily Clibourn at Haus of Eve; Dessy Di Lauro at Hotel Cafe ! #Musicnotes #LAStory

Music is a major part of my life. I use my car as my escape to experience music in my own way. As I run around town traversing LA and the OC, I crank up the tunes to catch the nuances of the songs and to dissect the layers of the production. It’s so cool when you think you know a song really well and suddenly you suddenly catch a new layer of music not heard before or the lyrics and phrasing in a new light that suddenly creates an “aha” moment.
It may sound strange but it’s the way I learned piano and how I have always listened to music when I was taking classes. I not only catch rhythms and nuances, I seek the deeper meaning of the singer’s presentation.

The two women singers featured on this post are sooooooo incredibly special. Both are dropping new music here in LA within 2 days of each other. Dessy Di Lauro is at the Hotel Cafe on 10/26 and Emily Clibourn is in Downtown LA at the Haus of Eve on 10/24. If you can make both shows, you will be stunned by the diverse presentations of these two So. CA women. Amazing, phenonmenal and fun and well worth the effort.

Dessy Di Lauro


Singer-songwriter, neo-ragtime vocalist Dessy Di Lauro announces the release of “Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep.” The track is the latest single from her latest EP that’s out now on iTunes. Creating a sound inspired by jazz pioneers Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, Di Lauro uses the musical language of the Harlem Renaissance era fused with today’s urban beats, contemporary sounds and catchy R&B hooks.


Dessy Di Lauro and her crew are appearing at the Hotel Cafe on 10/26 at 10 PM (Hollywood) for a great party to celebrate this EP. It’s going to be sensational and I am betting it will be a SRO gig. BUY TICKETS NOW via


Upon returning to her native town, Montreal, from a long-standing residency with Cirque du Soleil in the United States, Di Lauro met her now producer/husband Ric’key Pageot (touring keyboardist to Madonna and co-writer for Jill Scott and Earth Wind & Fire). As writing partners, they created original songs for her soulful, latin-tinged debut EP, A Study Of A Woman’s Soul released in 2004. The Di Lauro/Pageot couple later moved to Los Angeles, where they curated their “neo-ragtime” sound in the L.A. club scene with notable residencies in the Santa Monica and Hollywood circuits. As a result, the release of Dessy’s first full length album, This Is Neo-Ragtime (2013) was inspired.


Di Lauro’s forthcoming five-track EP is a continuation of her 2013 record recreating the dynamics and energy of her live shows. With critical acclaim from several tastemakers in the blogosphere, OkayPlayer raves of Di Lauro’s “…New take on [ragtime] music that has been around since the early 1900s.” AFROPUNK praises the vocalist’s “…Blend [of] hip-hop, soul, RnB, and ragtime into a sound and style that looks back on the last 100 years of black culture while simultaneously looking forward.”
Music Connection Magazine remarks Di Lauro as one of 2014’s “Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists.” LA Weekly states, “Di Lauro’s honeyed vocals wind sinuously through a merry jumble of speakeasy-era stride piano and sophisticatedly modern R&B arrangements. Her original songs are smart, sassy and sensual, layered with funky horn retorts and jazzy harmonies.”

December 2014 Di Lauro and Pageot premiered their self-produced stage-production show, “The Jamboree starring Dessy Di Lauro” at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas inside the Rose. Rabbit. Lie. ballroom with a series of shows leading up to New Year’s Eve. As she continues performing in the L.A., Vegas and NYC markets, stay tuned for more on Dessy Di Lauro in 2015!

Let Me Hear You Say Hep, Hep

Love love LOVE this song and video. It’s pure fun and happy times. You can’t have be down or upset with this music. It just brings you to that happy place where you want to dance and sing your troubles away. Dessy’s voice and styling is perfect for this mashup of vintage ragtime and contemporary with bits of swing and other jazz genres. It’s just plain fun and great music.

There is a clip from her stage-production show, “The Jamboree,” (below) at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Excerpt of The Jamboree

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Emily Clibourn

Emily Clibourn has an equally unique voice. She has this jazzy/bluesy/ akin to Lana Del Rey (but so much better than LDR!)
I find that Clibourn vocal stylings are really interesting and captivating. Her vocals take you down the song’s path and it’s a very interesting journey. The range of songs is amazing. I have listened to them each and I can’t wait to get through them at least a couple more times. I am sure after a month of listening to this, I will have a lot more to say.

Love the feel of the jazzy vocals of the early 20th century jazz singers. Yet as in the video shown above, she brings contemporary melodic riffs and styling to the vocals that makes her style new and fresh. I just love it! The depth of the song list on this album is solid. I would suggest you scroll down and check out another song (embed) that I find equally as interesting.

Here’s what’s been said about her vocal style and this album:

This upcoming album is Emily’s first full studio album and premiere as producer in collaboration with producers Brett Cookingham and Matt Pavolitis. It reveals her fascination with the light and darkness, and the subject matter is her investigation into her own fears and the need to the need to be free, and the exploration of her spirituality. Her music is deeply emotional, howling and vulnerable.

Her music has been described as “A passionate madness polarized between a kind of lethargic carelessness and obsessed mania”.

I couldn’t describe it any better. This is an album for any time of year. It’s perfect though for this weird LA weather which has the populous off balance with the contradiction of so much humidity in a desert as well as rain, flash floods and triple digit heat that is so scorching that you feel like stripping down to… well ” down to there”.

Buy the CD or download it. You won’t be sorry!

Bio of Emily Clibourn

Clibourn began songwriting and recording at the age of 13. She first pursued an acting career, gaining credits in national commercials and receiving various roles, including one in the mini-series Heartbreak High, USA and another on Children on Their Birthdays. Clibourn then decided to go down a more creative road as a musician and has since recorded several albums under various projects. She’s worked with notable musicians and producers, such as Curtis Byrd (Baby Bash), The Lost Children of Babylon, Antoneus Maximus and DJ Motiv8 (Black Eyed Peas).

Beautiful Girls by Emily Clibourn from the album BLOW

About the album


Recorded in the Seance Room and produced by Brett Cookingham and Matt Pav, Clibourn is dropping her first solo LP this month. She was just named one of Music Connection’s Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands, where they praised her for her “clairvoyant song craft and vivid artistry.”

Don’t miss Emily Clibourn in Los Angeles at Haus of Eve in Downtown LA. She hit


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