An interactive concert with international vocalist Victoria Hanna
Recital Salon, Squires | Music
March 2, 2020 at 8:00pm
The “freshest, edgiest, weirdest artist on the Israeli airwaves today. How did she reach that status? By singing — the alphabet!” - Public Radio International (PRI)
"The purity of her voice is simply breathtaking" — Songlines Magazine
"Hanna is blessed with one of those voices that demands full attention, holding audiences rapt with her acrobatic voice and leaving mouths agape." — Time Out New York
Israeli singer-songwriter Victoria Hanna will perform an evening concert with multi-instrumentalist and composer Gershon Waiserfirer.
One of the most interesting vocal phenomena of the year hails from Israel: the music of Victoria Hanna combines Jewish mysticism, Dada, surrealism, and spiky feminism.
This unique vocal artist bends her voice in never-before-heard shapes and finds inspiration for her songs in Kabbala. Hanna is part of a continuum of strong and edgy visionaries, like her idols Laurie Anderson and Björk.
A rabbi’s daughter, Hanna grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem. The home was full of books, from which Hanna absorbed words and letters. As a child, she stuttered, but finally turned the problem into an opportunity and harnessed it as part of her expression. Song is her healing power and language her tool for creation, utilizing the tones of Hebrew and Aramaic to their fullest potential.
Hanna has created her own sound by blending Middle Eastern music and rhythms with rap, hip-hop, and the inspiration of Hebrew and religious texts. Her 2015 video single, a song called "Aleph Bet," went viral on YouTube.
Waiserfirer was born in Tajikistan. At the age of 11, he began playing the piano and after a few years started playing wind and string instruments. He is embedded in the Israeli music scene in almost every genre from traditional Jewish Music to free improvised music. Being a trained actor, he regularly composes music for movies and theatre and was awarded with the "Israeli Theater Prize for Music." Throughout his career he shared the stage with music legends such as Bobby McFerrin, Viyacheslav Ganelin, Avishai Cohen and Israeli Rock legend Berry Sakharoff.
The event is sponsored by: The Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture, the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Program, School of Performing Arts, and the Center for Humanities.
Free; no reservation required