25 March 2012

Noa's concert in Tucson (Arizona) - USA

Presenting Partners: The Heartbeat of Israel, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson Jewish Community Center and Weintraub Israel Center

Influenced by her Yemenite roots and singer-songwriters of the '60s, Noa is Israel's leading international concert and recording artist. She plays percussion, guitar and piano, co-wrote the lyrics to the theme for the film, Life Is Beautiful, and is the recipient of WEF Crystal and Dove of Peace awards. Palestinian actress, singer and songwriter, Mira Awad, was born in Galilee and is a Goodwill Ambassador of Peace and devoted advocate of women's rights. Following numerous collaborations with international artists, her debut album, Bahlawan-Acrobat, was released in May 2009. Most recently representing Israel in the 2009 Eurovision contest, Noa and Awad tour to express, musically, their belief in the power of dialogue to promote peace and understanding.

24 March 2012

Noa's concert in Los Angeles (USA)

Q & A: Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini)
By Don Heckman
Israeli singer/songwriter Noa, whose given name is Achinoam Nini, makes one of her rare Los Angeles appearances on Saturday night in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall. Her remarkable resume encompasses performances and/or collaborations with artists reaching from Pat Metheny, Sting, Stevie Wonder and Andrea Bocelli to Lokua Kanza, Khaled and Mira Awad, to name only a few of many. As well as her musical partner of more than two decades, guitarist/producer Gil Dor. Noa has performed with ensembles ranging from a duo with Dor to the Israeli Philharmonic, in major venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Japan and beyond. Through it all, she has been a tireless advocate for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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DH: Noa, your Saturday night performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall will be one of your rare appearances in Los Angeles. So let’s get down to basics. Can you give me a little advance word about the program we’ll be hearing.

NOA: Since I do not often perform in the US and even less often in LA, I chose to take advantage of the wonderful stage I have been given to present a range of my original material in English, Hebrew and Yemenite. There will be a selection of songs from various albums made over the past 22 years of creative work with my musical director and guitarist Gil Dor. And, in addition, a special spot for ‘the Israeli songbook,’ a collection of classic Israeli songs we recorded together with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

DH: What about the ensemble? You’ve performed with everything from a full symphony orchestra to a duo with Gil Dor. Who will be with you at U.C.L.A.?

NOA: Of course Gil Dor will be with me, playing guitar, as he has been for 22 years. We also have a wonderful multi-instrumentalist named Gil Zohar, who will play piano, bass and flute. I myself will be singing and playing percussion.

DH: An intimate, but obviously very musical ensemble.

NOA: We try to make music that stands on its own, regardless of the ensemble.

DH: Your New York appearance a couple of weeks ago was with Mira Awad, the Palestinian singer. She won’t be here in L.A. Will that – in this concert — in any way diminish the dialogues for peace which have played such a prominent role in your performances?

NOA: Mira and I have known each other for over ten years and have done many concerts together. I myself have been performing for twice as long and have collaborated with Arab artists from around the world on numerous occasions. I convey my message of peace in many different ways: in interviews, on my blog or other written platforms (social and such), through collaborations and with specific texts I write and put to music (like the song ‘Shalom, Shalom’). Having said that, I am first and foremost a singer/songwriter. I am happy for the opportunity to share my music with whoever will come out to hear us in Royce Hall.

DH: Expanding on that thought, can you say something about what brought you to the point at which your art became an expression of your belief in the changes that you feel need to take place – in the world, in general, and in Israel, in particular?

NOA: As I said in my previous answer, I do not consider my art as a platform for specific ‘political’ beliefs. My art is a study in the complexities of the diverse, ever changing human spirit. What I do is use my privileged position as a public personality whose voice is heard. In that context, I convey my message any way I can. I realized early on that as an Israeli artist I had two choices: running away from politics or tackling them. I chose the latter, and have become a sort of informal ambassador for all those people in Israel who share my views of dialogue, compassion and peace.

DH: What would you see as the ideal conclusion to your quest for change, in Israel and elsewhere?

NOA: I dream of a world driven by kindness, compassion, generosity, empathy, sharing, creativity, respect and love. A world where ‘we’ becomes much more important than ‘me,’ without compromising either. A world where religion would assume more modest proportions and serve only as an instrument of solace and enlightenment, never of self-righteousness, hatred and violence. Yes, a more modest world. A simple trip to the neighborhood planetarium will help you screw your head on straight any time.

DH: Your music reaches out to embrace many styles and genres. Has the application of your music to your desire for change in any way limited the expression of your far-reaching creative interests?

NOA: Art is always about making choices and limiting yourself in one way or another. Though I have far-reaching interests and a diverse musical and cultural palette, I do try to ‘speak a language’ — one that Gil and I have been perfecting and deepening over the years. Granted, our slightly off beat definition of ‘style’ has made us harder to market, as we do not fall squarely into any one genre. But we are very particular and uncompromising about what we do, and strive for the highest level of excellence. We’ve always said, we bow only to the God of Music.

DH: Given those creative interests, what haven’t you as yet done that you would like to do? With whom could you imagine having a satisfying musical encounter?

NOA: I dream of meeting and possibly writing/singing with my heroes: Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor. I also dream of singing at the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Palestine. I would also love to be able to bring my symphonic project to places like Carnegie Hall in New York City (my dream since childhood) and Disney Hall in L.A. But really, my greatest wish is to just keep at it, keep travelling this fascinating road of music. The journey is the dream.

DH: Speaking of traveling, you’ve had a very unusual life’s journey – so far. You lived in the U.S. from the age of 2 to 17. Basically your childhood, adolescence and teen-age years. How has that affected you, if it has?

NOA: I was very fortunate to have the childhood that I had, which was not at all simple but so enriching. I grew up in a Yemenite Israeli home, a small apartment in an old tenement building in a lower middle class Bronx neighborhood populated by every type of race and color, and studied in a predominantly Ashkenzi yeshiva. Needless to say this was a source of much confusion to my budding identity. Culture and music were everywhere, from the Yemenite songs my grandmother taught me at home to the Broadway musicals I adored, my mom’s opera obsession and trips to MOMA. I was immersed in art and culture and drank it up with thirst and passion. My parents are the most supportive loving people in the world. They drove me to piano lessons, dance class, choir practice, what not. They listened to the songs I started writing at age 8 and clapped as enthusiastically as if I were Barbara Streisand reincarnated. When I fell in love with an Israeli man — I was 16 — and asked to leave the States and return alone to Israel, they let me go, and they have been enthusiastically following my career and helping me with my three children ever since.

DH: After all that, what was it like to make the transition from essentially being an American teen-ager to returning to Israel and serving in the Army?

NOA: Israel was a shock — still is, after 25 years! — and so was the army. It was a bucket of freezing water poured over my head. I had a hard time in the military, no place for a free spirit, but I learned a lot, and after those two years I was full of ambition and energy, ready to gobble up the world.

DH: But, given conditions in Israel and the Middle East, along with the hazards that an outspoken artist who performs in public might encounter, have you ever considered relocating back to the U.S. – which could be a kind of homecoming for you – and raising your children, as you were raised, in this country?

NOA: I have considered it, but will only do so if things get really, really bad in Israel. The definition of ‘bad’ is very subjective of course, but I guess I’ll know when the time comes. For the moment, I’d rather stay in Israel, which I love, and fight for what I believe in, than replace one promised land for another…

DH: Noa, a final question about a very significant moment in your life – in many people’s lives. You were at the Tel Aviv peace rally in 1995 when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Can you say something about the impact it had on you?

NOA: I was there on stage, in one of the happiest moments of my life, performing for the many hundreds of thousands of people that had come out to encourage Rabin on his quest for peace, post Oslo [Accords, establishing the Palestinian National Authority]. Twenty minutes later, the dream was blown to bits by a mad assassin. I was so shocked and horrified. I think I haven’t recovered to this day. I pledged then to do my utmost, even at the expense of personal security, comfort and commercial success, to carry the torch that had fallen from his hand that awful night, and work for peace. That is what I have been doing, stubbornly, ever since.

DH: Thank you, Noa, for this illuminating conversation. It’s been a pleasure. I look forward to hearing you at Royce Hall on Friday night.

Israeli singer Noa breezed into town for a too-brief, ninety minute set at U.C.L.A.’s Royce Hall last night. It should’ve been, could’ve been longer. Noa, whose full name is Achinoam Nini, is a singer-songwriter with extraordinary skills. Well-known on the international, world music circuit, she still hasn’t received the recognition in this country that her abilities deserve. Which is surprising, given the fact that she spent a decade and a half of her youth growing up in New York City (the Bronx, actually), from the age of 2 to 17.

Fully versed in American culture, she also has a rich affection for her Yemenite heritage as well as a strong connection with contemporary Israel, where she was born, and which has been her home for most of her adult life.

Although the repertoire Noa chose for the Royce hall appearance largely emphasized material drawn from her Yemenite and Israeli roots, the extraordinary quality of the performance was driven by her ability to transform the unfamiliarity of those songs beyond the specifics of language into the lyricism of emotion.

The same was true of the pieces written with her long time musical partner Gil Dor, who — along with pianist/bassist Gil Zohar – provided Noa’s sole accompaniment. Working together for more than twenty years, they write songs that possess the same sort of creative intimacy that was apparent in their onstage interaction.

Despite the relative brevity of the performance, there were many highlights. The opening numbers – Noa’s “Waltz to the Road” and Noa and Dor’s “Mishaela” were delightful scene setters. “Rachel Olah min Ha-Midbar,” a marriage of two songs, including words from the Scriptures, and the traditional Yemenite song, “Uri,” were delivered with compelling musical authenticity.

An impromptu and utterly spontaneous guitar solo from Dor testified to the breadth of his imagination. Noa adeptly played various percussion instruments throughout the show, ranging from conga-like drums and hand drums to – on the traditional Yemen song – an oil can. And a climactic number showcasing her as a drummer was a delightful display of high energy virtuosity.

The high spirited closing, “Shalom, Shalom,” underscored the pleasures of this eminently listenable evening. In her recent Q & A for iRoM, Noa spoke of her desire to perform in venues such as Disney Hall. One hopes that the folks in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Presentations office (are you listening, Laura Connelly?) will bring Noa and her gifted musical accomplices back for another, more extended offering of her memorable music.

Israel’s prolific recording artist, Noa (known in her home country by her given name Achinoam Nini), brings her soulful voice and lyrical sensibility to a special program featuring highlights from her career, with special focus on her latest release, the critically acclaimed Israeli Songbook. Noa has been making breathtaking music for more than 20 years in an incredible range of styles and languages. Alongside her eclectic musical collaborator and guitarist Gil Dor, she has written and recorded in Hebrew, English, Yemenite, Italian, Neapolitan, French and Spanish. In this program, she keeps her roots very close with material featuring moving takes on beloved Israeli classics, “Hayu Leilot,” “Mayim Rabim,” “Ruach Stav” and more as well as unique originals and other surprises. The program also features Noa playing a unique mix of Middle Eastern and Latin percussion.

Noa, one of Israel’s leading global music acts and her longtime creative collaborator Gil Dor are set to perform on Saturday, March 24 at 20:00 (8:00 p.m) at UCLA Live in Los Angeles (California).
In this program, Noa and Gil Dor explore contemporary Hebrew Song, from its origins rooted in folk tradition, through the classical composers that put the poetry of the revived biblical language to music, and to their own original songwriting, which is inspired and influenced by all of the above.

The concert features highlights from Noa and Gil’s latest release, The Israeli Songbook, a collection of classic Hebrew songs arranged for and recorded with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. The evening will feature some of Noa’s most beloved songs, as well as traditional Jewish Yemenite songs and compositions inspired by Hebrew poet, Rachel.

Known in Israel by her given name Achinoam Nini, Noa is one of Israel’s leading international concert and recording artists. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1969, Noa lived in New York from age 2 until her return to Israel at the age of 17, where she served the mandatory two years in the Israeli Army in a military entertainment unit. She then studied music at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music where she met her longtime partner and collaborator Gil Dor.

Gil Dor was born in 1952 in Israel and studied classical guitar with the late Menashe Bakish, one of Israel’s foremost masters of guitar. Following his military service in an entertainment unit, he continued his studies in jazz and classical theory and composition at Berklee and Queens College. Upon returning to Israel in 1981, Gil established himself as a guitarist as well as an arranger and composer, performing live jazz and rock and recording with leading artists in Israel.

Together, the pair has released 15 albums with more than 2.5 million copies sold worldwide.

Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.)
UCLA Live at Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive, UCLA Campus
Tickets available at uclalive.org, the UCLA Box Office at 310.825.2101, or via Ticketmaster ($20-$55).

22 March 2012

Noa's concert in Palo Alto (USA)

Noa in Concert
With Special Guest Mira Awad

אחינועם ניני מארחת את מירה עוואד בהופעה

Known in Israel by her given name Achinoam Nini, Noa is Israel's leading international concert and recording artist. 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. In March 1999, Noa sang for President Clinton at the White House.

Noa studied music at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Israel and the Rimon Music School where she met her long-time partner and collaborator Gil Dor. Over the span of their 15 year career together, Gil and Noa have written and produced successful international and Israeli albums.

Mira Awad is an Israeli Arab singer, actress and songwriter. She was born in Rameh village in Galilee, Israel, to an Arab Christian father and a Bulgarian Christian mother. She lived in New York City from age two until her return to Israel at the age of 17. Her family is originally from Yemen.

In 2009, Awad and Noa represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song There Must Be Another Way.
Noa (Achinoam Nini) is Israel's leading international concert and recording artist. She has collaborated with Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Sheryl Crow, George Benson, Jhonny Clegg, Zucherro, Peter Maffay, Pino Daniele, Rita Marcotulli and many more. She has performed in numerous venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Rome's Colloseum, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Water Festival in Stockholm. Noa helped write the lyrics for Nicola Piovani's musical theme for Roberto Benigni's Oscar award winning movie "Life Is Beautiful" and collaborated with French composer Eric Serra on The Experience of Love from the James Bond film "Goldeneye" and My Heart Calling from the Luc Besson film "Joan of Arc."

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.

Israeli Arab singer, actress and songwriter Mira Awad will also perform.

אחינועם ניני, המוכרת בעולם בשם "נועה" (Noa), היא אמנית בינלאומית מובילה. נועה נולדה בתל-אביב בשנת 1969, וחיתה בניו-יורק מגיל שנתיים ועד שובה לישראל בגיל 17. ניני למדה מוסיקה בבית-ספר "רימון", שם נוצרה השותפות ארוכת-השנים עם גיל דור, גיטריסט מוכשר, מעבד וכותב. נועה הספיקה להוציא שישה אלבומים בינלאומיים ועוד ארבעה מקומיים, ולהופיע עם החומרים שלה מסביב לעולם, כולל שתי הופעות בפני האפיפיור ואחת בפני ביל קלינטון.

מירה עוואד, ערבייה נוצרייה מהכפר ראמה בגליל, אף היא בוגרת "רימון", הנה זמרת ושחקנית ("עבודה ערבית"). בשנת 2009 נבחרה, יחד עם אחינועם ניני, עמה היא משתפת פעולה בהופעות והקלטות לאורך שנים, לייצג את ישראל באירוויזיון.

במופע המשותף תופיע אחינועם ניני עם גיל דור וההרכב שלה ועוואד עם הרכב נוסף.

Date:Thursday, March 22
Time:8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
Location:OFJCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Up to 24 hours prior to the event (Note: advance registration will close on March 21):
$60 Members & students, $65 Non-Members
(Reserved seating)
$75 at the door, space permitting
Contact: ICC
(650) 223-8692

18 March 2012

Noa's concert in Wilmington (Delaware) USA

Known in Israel by her given name Achinoam Nini, Noa is Israel's leading international concert and recording artist. The world music superstar studied at the Rimon School where she met her long-time partner and collaborator, Gil Dor. Noa's strongest influences come from the singer-songwriters of the ‘60s, including 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 composition, and rock, have created Noa and Gil's unique sound, manifested in hundreds of songs written and performed together and beloved the world over.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Delaware and the Consulate General of Israel for the Middle Atlantic Region

17 March 2012

Noa's concert in Detroit (USA)

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 | 8:30 P.M.
Noa, Israel’s leading international concert and recording artist, was born Achinoam Nini in Tel Aviv. She was raised in New York City from age 2 until 17, when she chose to return, alone, to Israel. Noa has energized audiences worldwide with her music, which reflects the countries in which she has lived, as well as her Yemenite roots.

Mira Awad is an Arab/Israeli singer, songwriter and actress. Mira Awad and Noa, along with Noa’s longtime writing partner, Gil Dor, wrote “There Must Be Another Way,” Israel’s entry in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

Guest-Mira Awad
West Bloomfield
Jewish Community Campus
6600 W. Maple Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48322

15 March 2012

Noa's concert in New York (USA)

TWO VOICES...ONE VISION: a Concert for Coexistence by Israeli Jewish and Arab superstars Achinoam Nini (Noa) and Mira Awad, benefiting The Abraham Fund Initiatives. March 15, 2012 -- Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, New York. Email Info@AbrahamFund.org.

3 March 2012

Noa's concert in Valladolid (Spain)

Noa vuelve a Valladolid para actuar en un concierto acústico. Una actuación distinta a la anterior que fue en un concierto con la OSCyL. La cantante israelí (Tel-Aviv, 1969) despierta tanto el interés musical como la ocasión para que ciertas organizaciones propalestinas expliciten su protesta anrisionista. La Red Solidaria contra la Ocupación de Palestina, organización que aglutina a 36 organizaciones españolas de apoyo al pueblo palestino, han realizado un llamamiento a boicotear los conciertos de Noa por su apoyo al «sionismo colonialista». Su concierto tendrá lugar este sábado en la Cúpula del Milenio a las 21.30 horas.
–En su último álbum canta a Nápoles ¿por qué?
–Me encanta Italia y he actuado allí muchas veces en los últimos años. He llegado a sentir muy cercana esa cultura, su lengua y su gente. Mantengo una relación similar con España. Por otra parte las canciones napolitanas son extraordinarias tanto musical como líricamente. En ellas encontramos emigrantes saliendo del puerto en busca de un futuro mejor, sin saber si volverán a ver su casa, mujeres desesperadas y hombres en situaciones difíciles, vemos sonrisas nacidas de las lágrimas y amor sin sentimentalismos. Y sobre todo, encontramos el mar. Para mí esas imágenes no son solo napolitanas sino mediterráneas. Lo que nos une a todos nosotros es el mar y su belleza universal.
–Su estilo es muy espiritual. ¿Es la música un refugio para escapar de estos tiempos difíciles?
–La música es mi religión. Cuando salgo al escenario, entro en mi templo y rezo a la diosa Música. Dirijo mis canciones al corazón de mis oyentes. En tiempos duros como los que vivimos en España, en Europa o en Oriente Medio, la música y los músicos juegan un importante papel. Podemos inspirar al público, abrir corazones, dar una esperanza. Podemos romper muros que separan a la gente y ayudarlos a abrazarse. La música conecta a la gente a un nivel mucho más profundo que cualquier otra cosa. Me siento afortunada y honrada de ser capaz de vivir de la música.

Miriam Antolín

Valladolid, 3 mar.- La cantante israelí Noa ha confesado hoy que sueña con grabar un álbum entero con el cantautor español Joan Manuel Serrat, a quien adora y con el que ya ha colaborado en la interpretación de algunas canciones.

Ajinoam Nini, el verdadero nombre de Noa, en una entrevista con EFE, ha desvelado que ambos han hablado ya "seriamente" sobre un disco conjunto en español y está esperando a que el músico tenga un hueco en su agenda.

"Es maravilloso volver a estar en España", ha declarado la artista, que hoy presenta en Valladolid el disco "Best of Noa" (Lo mejor de Noa), un conjunto de canciones en inglés, español, hebreo o yemení que le encantan.

En la actuación, que contará con mucha percusión, aparecerán también temas de los dos trabajos que la israelí grabó en 2011, "Noápoles" y "The Isreli Song Book", basados en la cultura napolitana y hebrea, respectivamente.

Después de veintidós años de carrera musical, siente que "finalmente" ha aprendido "cómo cantar", aunque le queda mucho por aprender según ha reconocido.

Noa (Tel Aviv, 1969) se ha convertido en una de las imágenes en el mundo de Israel, un país inmerso en "una situación política complicada, al igual que todo Oriente Medio", como ha explicado la artista.

Defensora de la paz, la cantante ha expresado que espera que los líderes israelíes y palestinos "tomen responsabilidad por el futuro de sus pueblos y hagan las paces lo antes posible".

"No hay duda de que si se firma un acuerdo de paz, la situación será mejor para todos", ha reflexionado Noa, quien asegura que la música o el arte "pueden ayudar a crear una atmósfera de paz y apoyar el diálogo y la comunicación".

Las actividades culturales "pueden ser un apoyo para familiarizar diferentes culturas y reducir el nivel de desconocimiento y temor hacia los demás", ha explicado, "aunque la música por sí sola no puede cambiar las cosas y son los políticos, diplomáticos, empresarios y cada ciudadano los que deberían trabajar para traer el cambio".

En su opinión, Israel "debe tomar responsabilidades para actuar en favor de la paz y lo mismo debe producirse en Palestina", y ha asegurado que como artista se está esforzando en "alzar la voz de la gente en Israel que cree en la paz".

"Una vez dicho esto, pienso que el acercamiento del mundo hacia Israel es, a menudo, hipercrítico", ha apuntado Noa antes de manifestar que la comunidad internacional "debería empujar a las partes a hacer las paces, en lugar de perder el tiempo en acusarse unos a otros", algo que a su juicio "no ayuda a resolver nada".

Dentro de una visión global, ha opinado que "sí ha mejorado" la resolución del conflicto entre israelíes y palestinos, ya que por ambas partes "se han aceptado muchas cosas que no eran obvias hace años".

Sin embargo, en un nivel más particular, la cantante ha considerado que "las cosas van despacio, la resolución no avanza y esto es muy frustrante".

La artista ha confiado en una solución al conflicto entre Israel y Palestina aunque ha augurado que no llegará pronto.

Noa se encuentra inmersa en la escritura de nuevas canciones "de todo tipo" y hará un "nuevo álbum pronto", ha destacado.

La artista está planeando además un proyecto con el brasileño Milton Nascimiento y una gira junto a él en Brasil, además de "muchos conciertos" con la formación Solis String Quartet y algunos proyectos con orquesta sinfónica. EFE


(Agencia EFE)

2 March 2012

Noa's concert in Pamplona (Spain)

El Teatro Gayarre de Pamplona acogerá esta tarde la actuación de la cantante Noa, que ofrecerá un recorrido por los grandes éxitos de su carrera. El concierto comenzará a partir de las 20.30 horas. El precio de las entradas es de 33, 30 y 20 euros, según la zona elegida

pamplona. Achinoam Nini, más conocida como Noa, visita de nuevo Pamplona junto a su inseparable Gil Dor, coartífice de sus grandes éxitos y cerebro musical en la sombra. Influenciada por grandes nombres de la música como Leonard Cohen o Paul Simon, a lo largo de su ya dilatada carrera ha editado 16 discos y compartido escenario con artistas de la talla de Sting. Vía correo electrónico, la artista respondió a las preguntas de DIARIO DE NOTICIAS.

Llega al Teatro Gayarre de Pamplona para ofrecer un recorrido por sus temas más conocidos; una colección de éxitos que, conocida su trayectoria, presenta una gran variedad, ¿qué criterio de selección ha seguido para confeccionar el repertorio de este concierto denominado 'Best of'?

No será exactamente un grandes éxitos. Vamos a presentar algunas canciones de nuestro último álbum (de momento solo editado en Israel) The Israeli Songbook, una colección de canciones clásicas israelíes grabadas con la Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, y algunas composiciones del disco Noapolis, el álbum de canciones napolitanas que salió a la venta en España en 2011. Otros temas que he seleccionado, no lo han sido solo bajo el criterio de que hayan superado el test del tiempo sino también en función de cuáles eran los que mejor se adaptaban al grupo con el que vengo esta vez de gira: Gil Dor, Gil Zohar (bajo, piano, flauta) y Gadi Seri (percusión). También cantaremos nuestras canciones en castellano (Uno queriendo ser dos, Otra vez, La vida es bella) y presentaremos un tema completamente nuevo.

¿Por qué ha decidido presentar en esta ocasión los temas con el formato de cuarteto?

Los músicos que subirán al escenario, que son todos amigos míos, tienen un grandísimo talento y cada uno de ellos es un músico muy polifacético que puede interpretar diferentes estilos. Esto es maravilloso para poder tocar un gran abanico de canciones.

¿Qué tal les ha sentado el paso del tiempo a los temas más añejos? ¿Ha aprovechado esta gira para, de alguna manera, actualizarlos?

Siempre actualizamos los temas antiguos y los arreglamos de otra manera. Hay algunas canciones que simplemente mejoran con el tiempo y otras que no son demasiado adecuadas para el escenario, son mejores para escuchar con auriculares.

Al acercarse de nuevo a discos como 'Noa' (1994) o 'Calling' (1996), ¿qué recuerdos aparecen?

Noa fue mi primer álbum internacional, muy excitante para una chica de 23 años con una oportunidad tan increíble. El recuerdo más fuerte de ese álbum es el trabajo con Pat Metheny, que realmente me marcó en todos los sentidos y cambió mi vida por completo. Calling era una historia diferente, fue un trabajo influenciado por sucesos muy fuertes y problemáticos de mi vida, tanto en el aspecto personal como en el político. La muerte de Yitzhak Rabin me impactó muchísimo en aquel momento, y aún lo hace, ya que yo estaba cantando en el escenario de la manifestación por la paz justo minutos antes de que aquello ocurriera. Estoy orgullosa de Calling, es un álbum doloroso pero muy bello, aunque muchas de sus canciones no se hayan convertido en favoritas. Creo que ese disco tiene vida propia.

Artista inquieta donde las haya, el pasado año editó 'Eretz Shir' y el citado 'Noapolis', dos compactos en principio muy diferentes, uno basado en clásicos hebreos orquestados y otro inspirado en el Mediterráneo. ¿Cómo coincidieron dos trabajos conceptualmente tan distintos al mismo tiempo?

En realidad no son tan diferentes. Los dos son álbumes de temas clásicos, grabados con un ensemble clásico (The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra y The Solis String Quartet). Ambos álbumes vienen de la urgencia para rendir homenaje a grandes temas que no escribí. Como cantantecompositora me ha costado muchos años llegar a sentirme con la confianza suficiente como para hacer esto.

Cuenta con decenas de colaboraciones y ha protagonizado propuestas de todos los colores y sabores, tras esta gira, ¿cuáles son los nuevos proyectos que prepara Noa?

Estoy realizando muchos conciertos con orquestas sinfónicas y con el Solis Quartet, presentando mis dos nuevos álbumes y haciendo algún best of. A la vez, estos días estoy escribiendo nuevos temas y, para el futuro, estoy planeando una gira en Brasil con ¡Milton Nascimento! Un proyecto que supone una grandísima emoción para mí. Y aún sueño con un álbum junto a mi amigo Serrat.

Atesorando una ya dilatada carrera, ¿qué siente que ha sido, y es, la música para Noa?

No puedo vivir sin la música. Como un pájaro, necesito cantar.

Siempre a saltos entre momentos de más o menos tensión, desgraciadamente ahora la situación política en Oriente Medio vuelve a ser muy preocupante, ¿cómo afecta este conflicto a una artista, a sus conciertos y a sus composiciones?

Intento separar las cosas. Soy una ciudadana muy activa, escribiendo en blogs, hablando en televisión de las cosas de mi país y de nuestra región que me sacan de quicio. Pero cuando canto, lucho por inspirar, por curar, por compartir emoción. Estos son para mí dos niveles diferentes de consciencia.

Noa vuelve a España, con un concierto en Pamplona el 2 de marzo, para presentar su espectáculo 'Best of Noa', una recopilación de sus mejores temas puestos en directo, desde sus comienzos hasta su último álbum 'Noápoles'. Así, la cantante israelí paseará su amplio repertorio por Sevilla (28 de febrero, Teatro Lope de Vega), Pamplona (2 de marzo, Teatro Gayarre) y Valladolid (3 de marzo, Cúpula del Milenio). Achinoam Nini, Noa, es la más destacada artista israelí, tanto por sus conciertos como por sus grabaciones discográficas. Nacida en Tel-Aviv en 1969, vivió en Nueva York desde los dos años hasta que regresó a Israel a los 17. NOA estudió música en el Rimond School, donde conoció a su compañero y colaborador Gil Dor. Juntos han escrito y realizado cuatro álbums de enorme éxito en Israel, y otros cuatro álbums internacionales, 'Noa', 'Calling', 'Blue Touches Blue', 'Now' y 'Genes & Jeans'. Defensora en todo momento del diálogo para la consecución de la paz, Noa fue la primera artista israelí oficialmente invitada a actuar en Marruecos. Actuó en vivo ante 100.000 personas en el acto con el que culminaba el año dedicado a la familia 1994 en el Vaticano, en presencia del Papa Juan Pablo II, ante quien también actuó en diciembre de 2004. El 4 de noviembre de 1995 cantó ante 50.000 personas en un rally musical a favor de la paz en Tel Aviv, sólo minutos antes de que Yitchak Rabin fuera asesinado. Sus dos últimos trabajos han sido 'Genes & Jeans' (2008): Raíces y jeans, tradición y modernidad, pasado y presente, la vida y las experiencias de Noa convertidas en un repertorio sugerente y emocionante. Y 'Noápoles': Noa canta a Nápoles (2011) Un auténtico homenaje a la cultura mediterránea en todas sus vertientes.

1 March 2012

Noa's concert in Cenon (France)

De Tel Aviv à Naples, Noa donne de la voix
Nantie d'un dernier album en italien, l'Israélienne revisite son répertoire.

Qu'y a-t-il en commun entre Tel Aviv, Brooklyn, Notre-dame-de-Paris et Naples ? Noa, chanteuse au carrefour des cultures yiddish et pop anglo-saxonne, ambassadrice consensuelle d'une paix musicale qu'elle décline au fil d'albums où sa voix est l'instrument principal d'arrangements parfois trop… consensuels, eux aussi. Mais le timbre et la pureté de l'organe d'Achinoam Nini font tout oublier, et quand elle promène ses cordes sur la côte amalfitaine, on ne sourcille pas, on tend à nouveau une oreille curieuse et quasi conquise.

Née dans la capitale israélienne voilà 42 ans, Noa s'envole à l'âge deux ans avec ses parents dans le Bronx. Après l'école des arts de New York, elle repart à 17 ans en Israël, où elle intègre la Rimon school of jazz and contemporary music à Ramat HaSharon. Elle y fait une rencontre déterminante : celle du guitariste et compositeur GilDor avec qui elle travaille toujours.

Solis string quartet
Après deux premiers disques en hébreu qui la font connaître dans son pays, le duo croise le guitariste Pat Menehy qui collabore à « Noa », la première galette anglophone. Echo international. On l'a vite oublié et est-ce dommage ? Noa interprète trois chansons sur l'album original « Notre-Dame-de-Paris », la comédie musicale de Plamondon et Cocciante. Hélène Ségara la remplacera en Esmeralda sur scène.

Et l'Italie dans tout ça ? Quelques précédents : un « Ave Maria » chanté pour Jean-Paul le deuxième, un « Beautiful that way », chanson de la bande originale du film de Benigni « La vie est belle ». Bref, Noa est connue en Italie un peu plus qu'ailleurs.

Le travail avec le Solis String Quartet accouche en 2005 d'un « Napoli-Tel Aviv » où Noa chante en hébreu des traditionnels du sud de l'Italie. Six ans plus tard, elle revisite ces airs dans leur langue d'origine : « Noapoles ». De « Sia Maledetta L'acqua » à « Nonna Nonna », la voix de Noa se joue des sonorités transalpines avec bonheur, magnifiquement soutenue par la formation napolitaine (deux violons, un alto et un violoncelle).

Sur cette tournée « Best of Noa tour », l'artiste israélienne se promène dans sa dizaine d'albums, de l'hébreu à l'anglais… En passant par les ruelles de Naples.

Jeudi 1er mars (20 h 30) au Rocher de Palmer à Cenon. 28/30/32 euros. 05 56 74 80 00. Rencontre au Forum du Rocher à 18 heures (entrée libre).