Dear Reader. This blog is a mixture of recent news but also under the *musings* tag I've gathered together some of my writings that have been scattered across the web on various sites, including the collection of blog 'postcards' I wrote from New York back in 2009, and other bits and pieces.  My most read piece, "History of Hip (Reflections on Pain and Comfort)" from 2015 is now here too, as well as "April", a posthumous portrait of my mother and the self-explanatory "Dealing with the Critics". Welcome and I hope you enjoy having a thoroughly good read. I'm so happy they finally have a home. 

Ana x

April 11, 2019

 So pleased to say two new live videos are now out - Halos and Red Balloon, featuring Bjarke Falgren on the viola and mandolin respectively and shot at Brorsons Kirke, Copenhagen by Emile Carlsen. Watch them here

Red Balloon is a song about forbidden love and longing, about yearning for the hills and reading palms.And gazing from the outside at houses lit up like lanterns and dreaming of the world inside; the sensation of floating, weightlessly, into the clouds with no ties or binds, to be not...

September 7, 2017

Next Sunday the 17th September, I'll be reunited with wonderful Syrian kanun virtuoso Maya Youssef for the Ham and High Lit Fest @ JW3, London >> MORE INFO + TIX  

Here's a traditional Sephardi song, 'La Galana I La Mar' about a bride and the sea, which Maya and I will be playing together. Maya is directly from Damascus and my family is originally from Aleppo (there for centuries, though they left late 19th/early 20th c). So she's picked out an Aleppine song in Arabic, 'Mowashah' for me which I'...

September 2, 2017

A couple of weeks back, on a warm summer eve, the ace Bjarke Falgren (here playing a cello, but could just have easily been violin...or viola...or mandolin...what DOESN'T he play?!) and I drove up to beautiful part of Denmark called Møn with to shoot a video as part of the Møn Sessions, an awesome initiative by talented filmmaker Emile Carlsen. Bjarke and I got a little lost on the way (middle of nowhere, reception patchy, directions something like 'get to the sign where the cliffs are, then turn...

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