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Combining jazz and classical elements with hints of her Middle Eastern background, Israeli pianist and composer Anat Fort demonstrated early on an ability to move easily in these musical worlds. A lifelong fascination with improvisation led her to begin jazz studies in her late teens. After graduation, Anat moved to New York, studied improvisation with Paul Bley and composition with Harold Seletsky, and self-produced her first album, Peel. She has received commissions to write for chamber ensemble, chorus and orchestra. Her most recent, an arrangement of Israeli music for mixed ensemble was premiered at the Opera House in Tel Aviv in January 2006. She was the recipient of two Artist-in-Residency grants from the Jerome Foundation as well as the Creative Connections Award from Meet the Composer. A session recorded with drummer Paul Motian, bassist Ed Schuller, and clarinetist Perry Robinson was brought to the attention of ECM Records producer Manfred Eicher, and released in 2007 titled A Long Story.

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