6 Questions with Hana
HANA is a singer songwriter from the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Music teacher by day, renegade composer, singer songwriter and martial artist by night.
HANA’s compositions and songs have been performed locally and worldwide, including performances in Vatican City (Rome,) Federation Square
(Melbourne) and Hordern Pavilion (Sydney.)
HANA has also composed and conducted for organisations such as The Australian National Academy Of Music, The Australian Children’s Choir, Creativity Australia and The Ballarat Symphony Orchestra.
A graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, her skills are difficult to pin down into one category…. Classical, Jazz, Pop, Folk, she does it all. Just don’t ask her to rap.
HANA enjoys coffee in the morning and quiet afternoons and open spaces. She can usually be found creating music in her music studio at home; or if that fails: firstname.lastname@example.org
What has been the most memorable performance of your career so far?
I’d have to say it was a fairly recent performance; on the main stage at Auckland Folk Festival with the Ethno New Zealand Orchestra for 2020. I was singing and playing the flute with other amazing musicians from all over the world. We get together every year and share music from our cultural backgrounds and for this particular performance I had shared an Arabic/ Andalusian song called “Lama Bada Yatathana.” It was such a wonderful process of sharing, as well as connecting with my mum to learn the Arabic properly and write an introduction speech in Arabic! We also performed at a refugee resettlement centre in Auckland, and saying that introduction in Arabic and watching the Syrian community there dance, sing and cheer, was one of the all out best experiences of my life.
What’s your favourite song to perform?
At the moment I’m really enjoying performing my song “When.” It’s a song that always helps me to feel calm and relaxed.
What’a the best life advice you’ve been given?
To follow my own intuition.
What first got you into music?
Apparently my family always knew I would be a singer. They say that whenever I was upset as a child, I would open my mouth and let out a long, loud wail. We also had a keyboard at home that I played on as a toddler before starting piano lessons when I turned 5. I just loved absolutely anything music related!
What is your musical background? Do you have a musical family or did you fall into songwriting on your own?
My dad is a guitarist and award winning songwriter. I grew up listening to him play and going along to his concerts- one of my earliest memories is sitting on his lap, strumming the guitar and singing The Beatles’ “Octopus’ Garden” while he made the chords on the fret board. My mum is also a beautiful singer, and can pick out a harmony a mile away! I used to love standing next to her in Church on Sundays, singing the harmonies to all of the songs played during the service.
I also have memories of being in a “music and movement” class when I was a toddler in Berowra, NSW. We would sing songs and use our imaginations to tell the stories and create the scenes- It all felt very magical!
We moved to country Victoria when I was 5, I BEGGED my parents for piano lessons and they enrolled me in classical piano lessons with a wonderfully ‘salt of the earth’ farm woman named Marjorie… and thus it began!
What does an average day in your life look like?
My days are full of music, parenting, teaching and doing all of the general behind the scenes administration work of running a private music school. I do enjoy playing video games, gardening and reading books in the odd moment that I have some spare time!
Listen to Hanas debut Spotify release “Black Balloons” here