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Jerusalem-based singer Victoria Hanna is known for mesmerizing interpretations of traditional Jewish texts (both Hebrew and Aramaic) that combine traditional Middle Eastern sounds with rap, hip-hop, and more. Her first official video single “Aleph-Bet” became an instant internet sensation with over a million views.

In the Bing Studio, Hanna will perform some of her existing repertoire along with new work being developed during her residency at UC Berkeley based on amulets in the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

Acknowledgements

Victoria Hanna's residency at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley, is supported by the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program of the Israel Institute.

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When I went to the Israel Jazz and World Music Showcase last November, I was lucky enough to hear a set by Victoria Hanna at the Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem. Her brand of vocal performance art was striking—she builds song structures out of ancient Hebrew letters, lavishing attention on each component of sound whether she is rapping in Aramaic or spinning in her fearless soprano. The audience was charmed by her stories of growing up in an Orthodox household imbued with a love and respect for old texts and the power, even magic, they contain.

 

—Laura Evans, Director of Music Programs, Engagement, and Education