Israel's Leading Recording Artist Noa (Achinoam Nini)
The last date listed for Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini) was Monday May 12, 2008 / 7:00pm.
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Featured review from Ira Z.
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This concert had a short much appreciated program celebrating the 60th birthday of the state of Israel. Noa was great. I rearranged my flight schedule from New York City to attend this concert. It was worth the hassle to attend this concert four hours after I Ianded at LAX from JFK.
Quotes & Highlights
The Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County presents Israel’s leading recording artist, Noa, in concert. The program will include songs from Noa’s newly released album, Genes & Jeans.
Known in Israel by her given name Achinoam Nini, Noa is Israel’s leading international concert and recording artist. Born in Tel- Aviv in 1969, Noa lived in NYC from age 2 until her return to Israel alone at the age of 17. Her family is originally from Yemen. After serving the mandatory two years in the Israeli Army in a military entertainment unit, Noa studied music at the Rimon School where she met her long-time partner and collaborator Gil Dor.
Noa’s musical style is an eclectic mix, merging pop, rock, blues, folk, R&B, and country; all infused with Yemenite influences. She has performed in concert halls throughout the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, L’Olympia in Paris and Rome’s Colosseum, and has participated in many international music festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and Paleo Music Festival in Switzerland. Noa’s strongest influences come from the singer-songwriters of the 60s, like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. These musical and lyrical sensibilities, combined with Noa’s Yemenite roots and Gil Dor’s strong background in Jazz, Classical and Rock, have created Noa and Gil’s unique sound, manifested in hundreds of songs written and performed together. Noa plays percussion, guitar and piano.
Over the span of their 15 year career together, Gil and Noa have written and produced 4 hugely successful Israeli albums: “Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor Live”, “Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor” (also known as “Rachel and Leah”), and “Achinoam Nini”. Their four international albums are, “Noa” (produced by Pat Metheny) and “Calling” (produced by Rupert Hine) for Geffen records, “Blue Touches Blue” (produced by Mike Hedges) for Mercury records and “Now” (produced by Gil Dor & Yoad Nevo) for Universal Music. In addition, Noa has recorded a live album with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and a live cd and dvd with The Solis String Quartet. Their release in Israel is a collection of Neapolitan songs translated into Hebrew, and performed together with the Solis string quartet, named Napoli-Tel Aviv. There are also various compilations available. The songwriting duo has sold over a million and a half copies of their current catalogue. Gil and Noa’s latest cd has just been released entitled Genes & Jeans.
Noa has toured and sang with rock superstar Sting, performed her song “Child of Man” with Stevie Wonder for a CBS TV special in the U.S., and shared the stage and microphone with many great artists, including Carlos Santana, Sheryl Crow, George Benson, Jhonny Clegg, Zucherro, Peter Maffay, Pino Daniele, Rita Marcotulli, Massimo Ranieri, Carlo Fava, Florent Pagny, Jean Jaques Goldman, Lokua Kanza, Jorge Drexler, Joan Manuel Serrat, Miguel Bose, Donovan, Maurane, Eric Serra, Pascal Obispoe, Patrique Bruel, Mike Manieri, Al Dimeola and Bustan Avraham.
Noa has performed in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in NYC, Olympia in Paris, Rome’s Coliseum, The Barbican in London, Zellerbach Auditorium in San Francisco, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Montreux Jazz Festival and Paleo Music Festival in Switzerland, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Carre Auditorium in Holland and the Water Festival in Stockholm, as well as numerous successful tours of major venues and festivals throughout Europe, the US, Canada, Brazil and Japan. Noa was the first Israeli Artist formally invited to perform in Morocco. Her appearance in the Sacred Music Festival in Fez lead to a 15 minute special on her as part of CNN’s popular music program, “World Beat”.
In 1994 Noa performed her version of “Ave Maria” for a live audience of 100,000 and a TV audience of millions at the culmination event of the “Year of the Family” at the Vatican, witnessed by Pope John Paul II. She performed during the Jubilee in the year 2000, before the Pope and an audience of 500,000 students, together with Alanis Morissette, Lou Reed, Gerarad Depardieu, Dave Stewart and Andrea Bocelli. Following these performances, Noa was invited to participate in two of the annual Christmas concerts at the Vatican, sharing the stage with artists like Dionne Warwick, Mick Hucknell, The Corrs, Lionel Richie and Deedee Bridgewater. When Pope John Paul II passed away, Noa was invited to Rome to sing on the Italian television’s main broadcast in his memory.