For Anat Fort, Music is a colorful mosaic of sounds. Having grown up in Israel where she studied classical piano, listened to 80's pop and soaked up the diverse sounds of the Middle East, it is no wonder that this rich kaleidoscope of sounds and influences would eventually become her stylistic signature.
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 part of shaping up this music like Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid and Norman Simmons. It was then that Anat started writing music, developing that aspect of her creative talent through the study of classical and jazz composition. In 1999 Anat self-produced her first CD, Peel, that features an all-original program. The CD received excellent reviews, giving her the impetus to form a working band. But little did she know that the collaboration she would form with drummer Roland Schneider and bassist Gary Wang would continue to be her main vehicle of expression over a decade later. Having created a strong presence on the New York jazz scene, the Anat Fort Trio has traveled extensively in the US, Canada, Europe and Israel to play 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 among many others.
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One of 2014 best live shows
John Kelman, Allaboutjazz 2014
Anat Fort will be one of the great voices of modern jazz of the 21st century. She is
already among the most creative writers and most elegant performers of the past
Andrea Canter, jazzPolice 2010
In Anat Fort’s music, I...hear an imperishable flavor of ninguns and, as Dizzy Gillespie
used to say, the endless, flowing music of the universe.
Nat Hentoff, JazzTimes 2007