Jumpin’ The 88’s
July 14, 2022
I’m sure it must help to have long thin fingers. And perhaps an unusual high amount of fast twitch muscles.
Great shots from above of her fingers dancing across keys.
Ladyva (born Vanessa Sabrina Gnaegi; also known as Vanessa G) (8 December 1988 in Ipsach) is a Swiss musician, boogie woogie, blues and jazz pianist, singer and composer.
Ladyva started playing the piano when she was 14. She was inspired by the music of the great masters of boogie woogie. Two years later she began performing, together with her brother Pascal Silva. Various TV appearances in Switzerland followed: Heitere Festival Zofingen, ZDF Fernsehgarten, Glanz und Gloria and others. She has also been successful in her second homeland, the Dominican Republic, where she appeared on over 30 popular TV shows. In 2009 Ladyva released her first album. The following year, 2010, she performed at the prestigious Blues Festival Basel (Switzerland) and in 2011 she signed with Universal Music.
In 2014, Ladyva appeared at several boogie woogie festivals in Germany. Ladyva was invited to perform at Jerry Lee Lewis' 80th Birthday/Farewell U.K. Tour at the London Palladium and the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow in September 2015. On 16 October 2015 she performed live on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One in Ireland. In November she toured through Europe, appearing on TV shows in Bulgaria, including Slavi's Show and the election of Miss Bulgaria. In London (Boisdale, Canary Wharf) she performed at the 'Cigar Awards' with guests including Burt Reynolds and Jonathan Ross.
In May 2016, she was invited to perform at the Boogie Woogie Dinner hosted by Jools Holland with other boogie woogie pianists such as Axel Zwingenberger and Ben Waters, and stride pianist Neville Dickie. In July she played at the prestigious Jazz festival in Ascona. She was later nominated as "Best Boogie Woogie Pianist of the Year" at Boisdale, also hosted by Jools Holland. On 12 December she performed again at the Cigar Awards 2016 with guests including Charlie Sheen and Kelsey Grammer. In 2016 performances at festivals in Switzerland and abroad (France, Spain, Germany) followed, together with Silvan Zingg. At the International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, they presented their first joint four-handed CD "Beloved Boogie Woogie" on 22 April 2017.
In August 2017 she was invited to perform at the biggest Boogie Woogie Festival worldwide at La Roquebrou in France.
On 13 September 2017 in London, Ladyva received the award as 'Best Boogie Woogie Pianist 2017' at the Boisdale Music Awards hosted by Jools Holland, having just released her third Album '8 to the Bar'.
In November 2017 Ladyva performed at Beatles Symphonic at the London Coliseum singing the song "Something" accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra along with stars including Bonnie Tyler.
In 2018 she performed live on the British TV show "Loose Women" on ITV. Later that year she attended again the Boogie-Woogie and Blues Dinner hosted by Jools Holland, this time with invites such as "Dr. House" alias Hugh Laurie.
Her 2020 piece "Quarantine Boogie" reached over 100,000 views on YouTube in less than five days.
In 2021 she released a single, "Ladyva's Stomp".
As of May 2022, her YouTube channel has over 39 million views.