Anat Halevy Hochberg is a Brooklyn-based musician, writer, educator, and ritualist with family roots in Israel, Yemen, Hungary, and Poland. Anat grew up playing classical piano and dancing around the living room to the sounds of her parents playing and singing their favorite Israeli tunes. Anat performs as a solo artist, with her band, Vashti & the NoNoNos, and with other collaborators. Currently, Anat serves as Musician-In-Residence at Yeshivat Hadar in Manhattan.
Anat’s technical training and her professional and communal experience form the vessel through which she is able to share her disarming and empowering joy as a maker of music. As a Jewish woman of color, a first-generation American whose grandparents survived genocide and displacement, and as a person deeply connected to Israel/Palestine, Anat is continually developing her sense of the heartbreak, complexity, responsibility, and courage that it takes to foster healing in a broken world full of beauty. As a music teacher in public schools, a leader of song and prayer in Jewish communities, and as a performer, Anat lets everyone in on a secret: that we are all are ready to sing a new song.
Anat is a fellow of the Rising Song Institute Fellowship led by Joey Weisenberg. She collaborates closely with fellow young adult Jewish musicians Aly Halpert, Batya Levine, and Molly Bajgot. She has taught at Let My People Sing! and Singing Communities Intensive. She sings with Joey Weisenberg & The Hadar Ensemble and co-produced Elul: songs for turning with Matthew Goldfield. This winter she will release her first album, How can I keep (from) singing?.