Now booking for THE HOLIDAYS!
Lis Craft and Paul Haasch are an acoustic guitar/violin duo from Los Angeles, CA specializing in classic and modern pop/jazz instrumentals. If you'd like, Paul can sing too!
Between the two of them, they have decades of experience performing, and are a perfect fit for any wedding, cocktail hour, garden party or birthday celebration!
We've got a full portable PA sound system perfect for most venues- all we need is a place to plug in!
They were great to work with and they sound incredible. Can’t wait to book them for my next event.
We hired Paul to play guitar and sing at my husbands party, and I just have to say...WOW! He was truly unbelievable!! Guests of all ages (2-75) were thoroughly impressed and had an amazing time listening and dancing to Paul. Lissy and Paul were extremely easy to communicate with, so professional, and truly have amazing talent. Paul really made the party, and we look forward to the next event where we can hire him again!! Would highly, highly recommend.
Lissy and Paul were an extra special addition to my baby shower. Gorgeous music, uber professional and super warm with guests. Can't say enough great things. Hire them! :)
Lissy & Paul were great to work with! Easy communication, very responsive, professional and timely. I would recommend for any corporate events!
Price Range: $300 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
We've got a wide range of classic jazz standards and pop songs, as well as contemporary music! We think our list of instrumentals can liven up any event- but if you're looking for a bit of singing too, say no more! Paul is a singer too!
With enough post-booking, we would be happy to learn specific songs for your occasion! Just give us a chance to put our spin on it and you won't be disappointed!
Lis Craft and Paul Haasch met in early 2014 while collaborating on Haasch's project, a now defunct folk band called Love Letters. The two have continued to collaborate on several records and performances since, and find it difficult to imagine being as creative without one another. From performing original songs together at venues like the illustrious Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, to playing on huge stages at festivals and fairs, there is no shortage of experience between the two of them!
From the hot valley of Sacramento, CA, playing violin was on Lis' agenda since she was 3-years old. She persisted, and there her life-long love of music making started and continues to this day. She grew up in the classical music tradition but when she reached her late teens, she sought new ways of playing and therefore discovered traditional styles of fiddling - Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Balkan, etc.
Folk music became the way she expressed herself on her instrument.
Lis then decided to move to Boston with her fox dog. She earned her Bachelors of Music at Berklee College of Music - where she studied jazz violin, as well as Contemporary Writing & Production, which honed her composition and arranging skills.
In Boston, she performed with an Boston-based music troupe called Cirkestra, lead by Peter Bufano. Cirkestra was a "circus pit-band that ran away to join the world"! She recorded on the album "The Hairless Woman". Lis toured parts of the United States with Cirkestra, performing numerous shows in and out of the circus setting - including performances at The Kennedy Center, The Seattle Art Museum, and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (which was her favorite place to play because it is her most favorite museum in the whole world!)
Lis spent some years delving into composition and worked for several film composers in the Los Angeles area, such as Richard Gibbs, Carlos José Alvarez and Philip Giffin. However, she always found herself (and her fiddle) on the other side of the microphone, recording demos and cues for her film scoring mentors. Her violin playing appears in Of Mind and Music, scored by Alvarez.
She made the move back to her home state of California, where she loves living in a mini apartment on a little street in a little neighborhood in a BIG town. Lis performs with LA based folk bands, such as The Battlefield. She plays private (and public) events as a violinist in whichever conjugation that is presented. She loves finding new ways to collaborate and create.
She also teaches early childhood and elementary music, for an internationally recognized leader in music education, Lynn Kleiner.
Gratitude is mainly what she feels for the musical life she has lived so far and is excited for what's to come! In Lis' precious free time, she most certainly is drinking coffee, learning new fiddle skills, propagating succulents, picking flowers while walking alleyways with her dog and practicing yoga!
Raised in the 80's, Paul was lucky enough to be surrounded by a diverse amount of music growing up, from The Police and Genesis to Lovin' Spoonful and The Mamas & Papas. He can still remember my mother singing harmony as she played through cassette tape after cassette tape of nearly every Beatles record. A chorus singer up until she graduated from a small college in Wisconsin- her passion became his. You can find little hearts and circles scratched clumsily in pen on the vinyl records she passed down to him from her own childhood. Consequently, it would have been a sin not to at least pursue a career in the arts, if just for her.
Having parents who nurtured and supported his love for the arts, he started early, from middle school choirs to high school show choir and local musicals. As a sophomore in high school, he took part in the local “Channel 8 Rising Stars” competition just outside of Richmond, VA and was a runner-up out of several hundred finalists. he finally knew he could be good. Following the rage of the time, Paul was briefly in a boy band called Up Close and a 50's a capella group called The Chorduroys, but when he graduated high school in Midlothian, Virginia he knew he needed to leave home to hone his craft.
The four years in Coral Gables at the University of Miami were the best in Paul's life, and the Frost School of Music was no slouch. That's where he met a fantastic professor by the name of David Ganon, who taught “Songwriting 101” and opened up his world. While he had written vague and jumbled excuses for songs before Paul never truly had a format, nor did he have anyone to listen to and critique them. Professor Ganon gave him just that- cultivating his ear and his pen. Suddenly the more he listened to music the more he understood what he liked or didn't like- and why. At that moment, he knew he would write his own songs...
After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Paul moved to Los Angeles and did the acting thing. Because that's what you do, right? Eventually, he settled back into his first love-music. Starting at open mics, he quickly found himself with a full band behind him at places like Room 5 and The Viper Room. In 2010, he released a solo EP called "Secure Heart Borders" that he is extremely proud of, and from there he had the pleasure of being a part of several different musical outlets. Paul performed as a duo with my best friend in the comedy rock band Paul & The Kir, releasing the full album “Take over the Universe” and then in a folk group called Love Letters, where they debuted a self titled EP in 2014.
At the moment, he's making music any and every way he can. His current folk duo The Fair Wells has released it's own EP titled "Hurricane", and recently played a packed show at the illustrious Hotel Cafe. They're excited to be recording new music very soon, so stay tuned! He also often performs at private parties with another musical theatre-bred singer, Janelle DeJohn, and regularly teams up with film-makers/composers to aid their projects with his musical talents. Some Wednesdays you can even find Paul on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica busking his butt off- so come and say hi! If there is one thing he's realized after all these years of making music, it's that he simply loves performing it. Music is his soul food...
Additional Booking Notes
We've got a fantastic PA sound system for a medium/large space and several smaller amps if the setting is intimate. We can plug in OR even have a battery powered amp if electricity is a problem and spontaneity rules the day!
Past Booked Events
|November 07, 2020 • All-day event||WEDDING|
|August 29, 2020 • All-day event||WEDDING|
|November 23, 2019 • 10:00am - 3:00pm||BOOKED|
|August 31, 2019–September 11, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|July 31, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|July 20, 2019–July 22, 2019 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||VACATION|
|July 13, 2019 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||Performance|
|June 23, 2019 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||BIRTHDAY PARTY|
|June 22, 2019 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||Birthday Party|
|May 11, 2019 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Graduation|
|May 05, 2019 • 12:00pm - 8:00pm||WEDDING|
|April 27, 2019 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||WEDDING|
|April 25, 2019 • 11:00am - 3:00pm||Non-Profit Event|
|March 23, 2019 • 12:00pm - 11:00pm||BOOKED|
|February 12, 2019–February 20, 2019 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|January 12, 2019 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Baby Shower|
|January 04, 2019 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||TEEN BDAY!|
|December 18, 2018–December 27, 2018 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|November 14, 2018 • 7:30am - 9:00am||Corporate Event|
|November 01, 2018–November 12, 2018 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|October 08, 2018–October 11, 2018 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|September 23, 2018–September 27, 2018 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
|August 23, 2018–September 04, 2018 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||OUT OF TOWN|
For The Holidays:
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
Christmas Time Is Here
Frosty The Snowman
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Let It Snow
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
GENERAL SONG LIST
Across The Universe - The Beatles
A Groovy Kind Of Love - Phil Collins
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
All My Loving - The Beatles
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Amelie (Theme form the movie)
And I Love Her - The Beatles
At Last - Ella Fitzgerald
Be-Bop-A-Loola - Gene Vincent & His Blue Chips
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrisson
Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
California Girls - The Beach Boys
Canon In D - Johann Pachelbel
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Nat King Cole
Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Ella Fitzgerald
Earth Angel - The Penguins
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Fever - Peggy Lee
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Happy Together - The Turtles
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
I'll Be Seeing You - Billie Holiday
Imagine - John Lennon
In My Life - The Beatles
In The Still Of The Night - The Five Satins
It Had To Be You - Frank Sinatra
It's Only A Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
I've Got The World On A String - Frank Sinatra
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
The Lady Is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
Let It Be - The Beatles
Makin' Whoopee! - Ella Fitzgerald
Moon River - Frank Sinatra
My Funny Valentine - Ella Fitzgerald
Our Love Is Here To Stay - Nat King Cole
Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Something - The Beatles
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Stand By Me - Ben E King
(They Long To Be) Close To You - The Carpenters
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Waltz (From Amelie)
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Yesterday - The Beatles
Influences & Inspiration
The Civil Wars, Milk Carton Kids, Noah Gundersen
We've got a powerful PA system for almost any venue, and can also be portable with a battery powered amp if there's no plug nearby!