MONDAY and TUESDAY Entertainment
Ivana "Lola" Salipur
Contempory Pop, Jazz, Blues and Rock
All About Lola
Ivana Salipur (LoLa) has been a Chicago local for 15 years. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia, Lola has been singing since the age of 11.
Growing up, she developed the ability to sing different styles of traditional Yugoslavian folk music as well as different gypsy and middle eastern styles of singing. Most of her family members are successful musicians scattered throughout the world. Her mother is her biggest influence and she also inspired Lola as a young girl by bringing her daughter to her own performances. Following mom’s footsteps, Lola has been performing and doing live shows for 9 years on stage!
Growing up, she listened to many bands like Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy, Massive Attack, Prodigy, ect. At the age of 16, she started collaborating with her former boyfriend at the time, Shamanavi. They created many different styles of music, electronic, experimental, ambient, ect. During that time, Lola was also doing live shows with different bands singing pop, RnB, jazz, blues, and rock music.
She is fluent in Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Italian, and she also sings in other languages. After numerous collaborations with different artists, Lola got signed to an Indie House Music label based out of Chicago, for 3 years, and worked with Jere McAllister (Mr. Ali) during that time. She released two singles with the label, one being a cover of “Mustapha” by Queen. At that time, Lola collaborated with Phil Western, a Vancouver-based musician who is a founding member of the bands Download, PlatEAU, Frozen Rabbit, and Off and Gone.Trip Throttle was a fellow artist on the same label, and once the musical connection was established, she worked with them as well on their album “Paranoid”.
A while after, Lola decided to leave the label, and took some time off from music to dedicate to her home and family. Doing much traveling to Europe, she came back to the states and still continued to be musically involved in the Chicago music scene. Lola started to write and work with mentor Cliff Balsamello for a few years. During that time, she took an interest in writing lyrics for her songs, as well as songs for other artists.
Lola has been quite busy with numerous collaborations, performances, and other musical endeavors.
Recently she collaborated with Dead Voices On Air, which is Mark Spybey’s Experimental/Ambient project formed after his departure from Zoviet France.
Lola was featured on his album, “From Afar All Stars Spark and Glee“.
Still in collaboration, Lola is expected to be on another upcoming album with DVOA.
Lola has also worked with cEvin Key who is one of the founding members of industrial music band Skinny Puppy. She worked with cEvin on his Scaremeister project for an upcoming movie, also composed by John Debney.
Another recent project for Lola is an ambient/electronic/experimental project called Invoke, that she started with her long time friend Eric Winter (Download Syndrome). They are finishing their first album, and are hoping to start doing live shows this summer. Lola is also hoping they can both reunite with past collaborator Shamanavi for this project.
The album will be a mix of different styles of electronica infused with middle eastern elements, as well as jazz fused with darker melodies.
Throughout the years, Lola has been inspired by many people she has worked with and encountered. She will soon be finishing her own album that will dedicate a song to each person that has inspired her music career, and her. Soon she will be making her first debut in Europe.
Please contact us at the number below with any questions.
650 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 573-2233
Thursday's & Sunday's 9:30 to Close
Tuesdays @ 9:30
Ivana "LOLA" Salipur
Saturday's 8:00 to 10:00