I grew up in the beautiful Art Deco Napier, New Zealand and always thought and dreamt in sound, rhythm, and beats. I uncovered my passion for music growing up in a creative household and hearing my father and grandfather play piano, and listening to my brother's massive vinyl collection. At only 3yrs old I was in my first stage musical (The King and I). From that point on, I was always singing, then in later years later was involved in radio, bands, television and recording.
The street beats of LA and late night Hollywood scene is where I travelled to learn and develop my musical/entertainer skills. I followed my dream to California and New Orleans to sing and hear so many musicians who I admired. Though specialising in female jazz standards I love collaborating with other artists and experimenting with different genres of music.
After many years abroad I have returned to Hawkes Bay bringing those flavours and influences back with me as singer Lady Larisa. I remain happy to travel for gigs.
With so many international influences broadening my range, I am happy to to provide a classy, sophisticated and fun experience for you and your guests. Be it a corporate event, media launch, jazz evening or private function. I also have an acoustic duo called Larisa & Arahi which is less jazzy and just as enjoyable. Just contact me and I can customise my sets to suit your needs to make the event a resounding success!
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