Music has always been a major part of Anna’s life. Starting her music career in musical theatre with the Young Company at the Charlottetown Festival, she was simultaneously writing her own original music. After living, writing, performing and studying in Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Turkey and seeing how the arts are integrated into the culture, Anna decided to make music her full-time profession.
Returning to Canada, she completed a degree in Contemporary Voice, specializing in jazz and world music at Vancouver Community College. Anna has performed for 16 years in the Vancouver music scene in various musical projects -- She has released three albums (Heartbones, Mental Moonlight, and A Deal With the Wind) of original material with her band, Anna B. and the Heartbones. Her compositions are a mixture of her musical loves and influences – Latin, jazz, and folk music. She writes in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
In 2017 Anna releases her fourth album, Becoming. It incorporates electronic sounds and acoustic instruments and is a slight departure from previous fully acoustic albums. Anna has performed for CBC’s Canada Live Studio One Mother Tongue series, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Harrison Music Festival, and Festival Vancouver.
In 2004, she co-wrote, produced and performed an interdisciplinary production called The Havana Project. In 2009, She received a BC Arts Council grant to study Brazilian music for two months in Rio de Janeiro. In November 2013, Anna completed a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at UBC.
Besides performing, Anna has established an extensive teaching career, sharing her love and knowledge of world music and singing. She leads three choirs in Vancouver, Local Vocals, a 60-member singing group in Vancouver, Everybody’s Choir for all-ages, and the Jewish Community Centre World Music Choir. She teaches at Sarah McLachlan School of Music, a music program for women living with addiction and poverty in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, as well as a choir program for at-risk teens at an alternative high school in Surrey, BC. An artist for ArtStarts, she leads workshops in Elementary and High Schools across the Lower Mainland. She has been the choir and musical theatre facilitator at Jam Camp for 9 years and also teaches private voice lessons.