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Portrait of Tia Imani Hanna, jazz violinist and vocalist

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Tia Imani Hanna, Violinist, Vocalist and Composer

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 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, Ms. Hanna has performed in various clubs as a violinist with a number of different groups. She has performed with notable musicians, including: Paul West, Eddie Locke, Richard Wyands, Alisdair MacRae-Birch, Mark Johnson, Earl McIntyre, Naima Shamborguer, Marion Hayden, Gaylin McKinney, Renee Manning, Jerome Harris, Ron Jackson, Miles Griffith, and Pam Wise. 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 toured with The Souloworks Dance Company and worked with Gesel Mason in the Washington D.C. area. Ms. Hanna's debut album, The Book of Tia: Chapter One. and her second album, The Spaces Between Us, are both available for sale in the artist's online store, and on CD Baby.

Tia Imani Hanna also produced and directed a concert of all of her published songs and compositions entitled Everything I Hear, presented at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in 2005. This concert was partially funded by a Brooklyn Arts Council grant.

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 has an incredible ability to weave atmospheres with storytelling melodies and harmonies oozing rich textures of soul and raw emotion.

Recent News

Tia Imani Hanna returned to live and work in Michigan in 2009. She opened her own music school, Green Bow Music, and performs regionally and nationally with her groups, The Tia Imani Hanna Project (world synthesis music) and Tia Imani Hanna & Elden Kelly Duo (jazz).

Seclected Awards

Tia Imani Hanna received the ASCAP Plus Award for 2005-2007. Most recently she has been awarded the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs MCACA MINI-Grant for 2016 through the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural AffairsShe’s hoarding a talent overload…wordless notes emerge from her mouth in a jaunty, jazzy way.

—Lansing State Journal

Tia Imani Hanna is the proud recipient of a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) MINI-grant Award for 2017 administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. This is a professional development grant that will allow Tia to study music at the California Brazil Camp. She will be camping in the Redwood forest and learning all manner of Brazilian Music, language and dance this August.

California Brazil Camp

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The Spaces Between Us

CD Baby

Elderly Instruments

The Book of Tia: Chapter One

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