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About Hadara Levin Areddy

Hadara Levin Areddy is a multifarious singer/songwriter, a poet, an author, a spoken-word artist, a columnist and a painter - known for her iconoclastic themes and her unique style of combining intimate honesty, social commentary and heaps of heart-breaking irony. Madly prolific, Hadara released 18 albums (English and Hebrew) and published 4 books (Hebrew prose and poetry). Elegantly and with a taste for the absurd, she's at once playful and dark-humored. A determined iconoclast, she's a firm advocate of free speech and free exchange of ideas, challenging dogmas and notions of the current era.

Her new book "The Sad Years" (Hebrew) is out now. Reviews and details: https://hadaralevin.wixsite.com/blog/books

Hadara lives in Jerusalem. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with honors in Film & Television. At 24 she wrote and directed an independent film, and single handedly raised her son, Adaam James (a writer, podcaster and journalist living in NY). She kick started her music career at the age of 37, without any previous relevant experience, fusing genres (folk, indie-pop, blues, funk, jazz, electronic, soul and hip-hop), garnering countless accolades. Hadara authored 3 books in Hebrew and received the Smith Awards for best first prose for her book "Rage Against the Eclipse".

Red wine in her hand, wearing her heart on the sleeve - her shows are a venturous journey into her lab of ideas, soul and mind. Brainy and funny, she zips between crushingly personal ballads to astute and cleverly humorous spoken word. She has paved her own cultural niche, juggling different languages, genres and media with sagacity and eloquence. Coming to her shows, you'll get the tears and sweat of a true artist. Her piano is drunk, her mind is wild. There's not knowing what's going to happen, each show is different and unique. She might talk, sing or read a piece she'd written a night before, a spoken word, a poem, a tweet, or a few lines from her recent op-ed, anything about anything, politics, religion, identity, science or sex. No taboo excluded. She lets the audience into her most intimate rooms of the heart, and all she asks is that you come as you are, leave your right not-to-be-offended at the door, and have a drink with her.

“The undisputed pioneer of Israel’s independent music and one of its most esteemed artists. In her whole body of work, she punches back against life, with perspicacity and with courage”.

"The Israeli Bob Dylan and Tom Waits".

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