New works by Ms. Fort, performed by her on piano with Gary Wang, bass; Roland Schneider, drums; and Perry Robinson, clarinet. The composer has worked with these musicians for years in different configurations and will explore such variations with music written specially for this evening.
For Anat Fort, improvisation is a way of living; whether playing, composing or teaching her work is always inspired by the moment. A natural improviser from a very young age, it was not until her late teens that she discovered the depth of jazz. The next step was coming to the United States to study with people who were instrumental in shaping up this music like Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid and Paul Bley. It was then when Anat started developing the writing aspect of her creative talent through the study of classical and jazz composition. Her first CD, Peel, which features an all-original program, was self-produced in 1999. It received excellent reviews, giving her the impetus to form a working band with drummer Roland Schneider and bassist Gary Wang, but little did she know that this collaboration would continue to be her main vehicle of expression for years to come. Having created a strong presence on the New York jazz scene, the Anat Fort trio has traveled extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, China and Israel, playing the most prestigious jazz venues and festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, The Opera House in Tel Aviv, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more.