Victoria Hanna
(Israel)



Aramaic hip-hop, Kabbalistic rap: just two soubriquets that attempt to describe Victoria Hanna’s latest development of her work. Hanna is a ‘voice artist’ using ancient Hebrew texts, prayers and spirituals within a modern context and exploring the mystical nature of language and the sounds which form it, a path which stems from her ultra-orthodox upbringing in Jerusalem and her childhood struggle with an incapacitating stutter. She has studied vocal techniques in Japan, India and Mongolia, performed and lectured worldwide and worked with fellow voice experimentalists Mariana Sadowska and Bobby McFerrin, but it was the mesmerising and rapidly viral video clip for her ‘Aleph-bet Song’ that brought her wider attention in 2015. A collaboration with Balkan Beat Box producer Tamir Muskat, it spawned her first album, a subtly subversive investigation of the sacred word and the mystery of the self.

Victoria Hanna - vocals
Giora Politi - drums
Yarden Erez - oud, accordion
Roi Rabinovici - keyboard

Images

Photo Credit: Erik Potterman


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