Israeli-born vocalist, pianist, composer, and music therapist Noa Fort is blurring the lines between written and composed, group and individual, inner and outer soundscape, giving and receiving; all on the path to healing, with music.
After a short stint as a biologist, researching bird migration in the Israeli desert, Fort decided to go back to her first love, music, and pursued a degree in Music Performance (first for voice, then for piano) at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She became involved in the music scene in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, leading a Jazz quintet as well as working as a side woman for several bands and projects. She also started volunteering with teenagers with special needs, and slowly realized what she’d always known - that music can be used for more than self- expression; it can be used to create a connection where words fail, a path to healing, and a terrain to explore the self in relation to others.
In 2013, Fort moved to NYC, to pursue both her performance career and to become a music therapist. She enrolled for a Master’s degree in Music Therapy at NYU, and interned at the Kings County Mental Health Units, using songwriting, improvisation, and singing as her main tools. Now a New York State-licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified music therapist, Fort is focused on finding ways in which music can be used to address the different needs of her diverse clientele. She is constantly expanding her listening practice.