hanna rifkin

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San Francisco is Hanna's home.

Her first show took place at the spaghetti dinner in middle school, age ten.  Whitney Houston had always been her favorite and performing "The Greatest Love Of All" made sense.  Hands in pockets, starring at the ground, Hanna was nervous and the performance was mediocre at best.

If at first you don't succeed, try again.   Hanna took all opportunity to perform - birthday parties, spanish class, a disco band with her brother's friends - and by age 13 she could sing.  On video, Hanna does Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love" at another spaghetti dinner.  She is confident, her voice is controlled, and she plans to pursue more music.

A disco band happened age 16, a rock band called Roxy, and by college Hanna was introduced to Jazz. Everyone was doing it, including her then housemate and now drummer, Zack Ehrlich.

She studied music theory and looked for opportunities, including busking in Europe in every town she visited (except Paris, it is illegal without a permit to street perfom).  Hanna later got a degree in Italian.  She lived in Italy for a year and met guitarist Francesco Lesi the way any singer does- cold calling a music school and hoping for the best.  The duo played throughout the year in Italy.  She joined 60's girl group The Bang where she learned a new repertoire and how to dance in unison with the two other female singers and backing band.

Fast forward to San Francisco and Hanna used the same principle she had from the start: show up and do it.  She went out most nights to meet players, try out stages and new song arrangements, and to make mistakes.  This is how we learn.  Though San Francisco is a relatively small city, there are many talented artists to share inspiration and stages, and that is why it remains her home.