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MP3 Tia Imani Hanna - The Book Of Tia: Chapter One

Jazz Violin and Vocals world beats and fresh sounds

6 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Fusion, WORLD: World Beat

Tia Imani Hanna

Tia Imani Hanna is a musician who takes listeners from one deep, swelling moment to the next, rarely pausing between chords without inhaling a fresh breath of passion into the river of her work. Ms. Hanna says her mission is "to create music that makes the listener remember they are spiritual beings, that spirit moves within us through sound, through vision, through dance...with joy and love."

Nurtured by a family of musicians

Born in Detroit, she was nurtured by a family of musicians, including her aunt, Naima Shamborguer, the popular Detroit jazz vocalist, and world-renowned jazz pianist, the late Sir Roland Hanna, who inspired her to pursue this indigenous American art form.

Performing in the New York Area

Ms. Hanna began performing in Detroit area festivals, benefits and concerts. After college she also hosted a popular weekly radio show called Take the "A" Train. The artist moved to New York City in 1998. Since being in New York City, Ms. Hanna has performed in various clubs as a violinist with a number of different groups. Hanna was the featured violinist for the Fourth American Jazz String Summit. This event was presented at the New School Jazz department, where Hanna premiered her composition "Brazil the First Time." Hanna was the musical force behind the independent film, Inside, an original dance and music project composed by Ms. Hanna with video-choreographer, Andrea E. Woods. It has become a permanent part of the Jerome Robbins Dance collection at the New York City Public Library. She has recently toured with The Souloworks Dance Company and worked with Gesel Mason in the Washington D.C. area. Ms. Hanna''s debut CD, The Book of Tia is available on this site.

Current Direction

About her current direction, the musician says, "I am learning to sing through my instrument, ...to let my soul flow through it." Ms. Hanna is has an incredible ability to weave atmospheres with storytelling melodies and harmonies oozing rich textures of soul and raw emotion.

She''s hoarding a talent overload...wordless notes emerge from her mouth in a jaunty, jazzy way.

-Lansing State Journal

About This Product:
The Book of Tia
by Tia Imani Hanna (Audio CD)

Tia Imani Hanna: violin, vocals; Alisdair MacRae Birch: guitar; Miriam Sullivan: bass; David Pleasant: ashiko drum with bells and chain.

WALTZ FOR ANDREA - Traditional and a little funky, this waltz developed as a dialogue between myself and choreographer, Andrea E. Woods for a film project entitled "Inside." This film is now part of the permanent collection of the New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins dance division. WALKING WITH MY SOUL - My reminder that the best of me comes from within; we are indeed spirit having a human experience. FIONA''S COUSIN - I wrote this thinking of two sea crossings. The first crossing: the Irish and Scots during the potato famine, bringing their hope and dreams to start over in America and crossing in the squalor of steerage on a great ocean liner, singing and dancing the songs that they brought with them. The second crossing is that of the Middle Passage, Africans who were stuffed in the holds of ships like lumber, chained, with no hope of a better life and still hearing the sounds of the drums they left behind. The interrelatedness of the two journeys echoes in my blood because I am one-sixteenth Scottish. TIMELESS - (music by A.R. McDaniel, lyrics by Tia Hanna) - This is a beautiful melody that my friend Arlene McDaniel played for me several years ago. I hope she likes my lyrics and the derangement of her original music. This song is dedicated to Julie Anne Jones. BRAZIL THE FIRST TIME - I wrote this as an exercise and it developed into my vision of sunlight and dancing and playfulness during Carnival. At least that is what I dream Brazil to be. Coincidentally, the day this was recorded, Brazil beat Germany for the 2002 world cup in soccer.

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