By Ted Waddell
CALLICOON December 13, 2002 Lumiri Tubo, an accomplished and talented actress/singer, recently released her first compact disc titled Touch of Your Love.
It was on the plate a long time, but this is my first disc, she said. Its about going to the next level. ... If you want to perform in the big rooms, you need a CD.
Its sort of like a calling card, added Tubo. It tells them youre serious.
Lumiris inaugural CD was produced and arranged by her pianist, Rob LaRocco. It was recorded and mastered by John Hegner at JHM Studios of NYC. The haunting cover photograph was shot by Agahuda Khanii.
According to Tubo, the CD started out in the studio as a demo recording of eight songs, but things went so well they decided to cut a 12-selection disc.
Touch of Your Love kicks off with Test of Time by David Prescetto, runs through Count Basies I Caught a Touch of Your Love, Hallelujah, I Love Him So by Ray Charles, The Ballad of Pearly Sue and wraps with Lost in the Stars by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill.
Adding to the musical mix: The First Time on a Ferris Wheel, Somebody Made Me Laugh, Deep in the Night, You Put a Move On My Heart, My Handyman Aint Handy No More, A Child is Born/If I Could and John Maddens Love to Last.
Tubo said her next release will be called Rainmaker, based on the title of an original song written by LaRocco. It will feature all-original music.
The diva-in-the-making began her cabaret career at the Bradstan Country Hotels Nancy LaMott Room in White Lake.
In October, she presented a one-woman musical tribute to the great Ethel Waters before a packed house at the Bradstan. A long-time fan of Waters, Tubo started writing songs in her honor several years ago.
This vivacious performer is a charmer with a diverse vocal style that at times ranges from Anita Baker to Alberta Hunter, said John Hoglund in a recent review for Backstage.
As she developed into one of the most notable and eagerly sought after performers in the Big Apple, Tubo was awarded the prestigious MAC Hanson Award for Outstanding Newcomer to the Cabaret Scene by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Clubs.
For the last several years, she has performed at the Mabel Mercer Foundations Cabaret Conventions in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.
In February, Tubo will return to the Windy City as a featured performer with the Mabel Mercer Foundation. In March, its off to Palm Springs for another foundation cabaret convention.
In recent years, Lumiri Tubo began to reach out to larger audiences by working the local hotel circuit as the Charles Rapp Agency lined up bookings at the Villa Roma Resort Hotel, Kutshers, the Nevele and Raleigh Hotel.
Cabaret is sort of obscure, she said. I like hotel-singing because its like going from a box to a big room. . . . Its not as intimate, but its not as confined.
I can be bigger in every sense of the word speaking, singing and movement, she added of working the hotels. It exposes me to more people, the chance to go somewhere else.
Tubo got her high school diploma from Helion Hall School in Long Eddy. She went on to receive degrees from Miami Dade Community College and Florida International University.
She has utilized her theatrical background by offering drama workshops for children of all ages and has starred in such productions as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, A Raisin in the Sun, The Rainmaker, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf and The Amen Corner.
Im totally a people person, I love the interaction, said Tubo.
Her long range goal?
Broadway, of course!
Eventually, Ill get there, she said.
Tubos Touch of Your Love is available at the Bradstan Country Hotel (White Lake), the Villa Roma Resort gift shop (Callicoon), the Oracle Bookstore (Liberty), Steves Music Center (Rock Hill), the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (Narrowsburg), www.cabaretscene.com or call Tubo at 887-6714.
Her next CD signing will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 20 at the Oracle Bookstore.