Achinoam Nini

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Achinoam Nini
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Noa (2012)
Background information
Birth name Achinoam Nini
Also known as Noa
Born (1969-06-23) June 23, 1969 (age 45)
Origin Tel Aviv, Israel
Genres Pop, world, Hebrew, jazz, blues
Occupations Singer
Years active 1990–present
Labels NMC, Geffen Records, Universal Records
Associated acts Pat Metheny
Website Official website

Achinoam Nini (Hebrew: אחינועם ניני; Aẖinóʻam Nini; born June 23, 1969; known outside of Israel as Noa), is an Israeli singer.[1] She is accompanied by guitarist Gil Dor and often plays the conga drum as she sings.[2] Nini represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 jointly with singer Mira Awad, with the song "There Must Be Another Way."

Biography[edit]

Achinoam Nini was born in Bat-Yam to a Yemeni-Jewish family. She lived in New York City from age 2.[3] She attended SAR Academy and the Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz High School, and remained in New York until her return to Israel alone at the age of 16.[4] After serving the mandatory two years in the Israeli Army in a military entertainment unit,[citation needed], Noa studied music at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Ramat Hasharon, where she met her long-time partner and collaborator Gil Dor. She is married to Asher Barak, a pediatrician. They have three children, Ayehli, Eyneha and Yum.

Music career[edit]

Achinoam Nini in concert

Noa has performed in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Olympia in Paris, Rome's Colosseum, 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 the Netherlands and the Stockholm Water Festival in Sweden, as well as numerous successful tours of major venues and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Brazil and Japan.

Noa has recorded songs in Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Thai and Yemenite.

Noa and Gil Dor have had various ensembles since their early days as an acoustic duet but their most long lived musical relationship has been with the noted percussionist Zohar Fresco. The three have played hundreds of concerts together all over the world. The ensembles vary from album to album ranging from rhythm section through Solis String Quartet and up to symphonic tours.

Noa's music is most prominently influenced by the singer-songwriters of the 60s, such as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and James Taylor. These musical and lyrical sensibilities, combined with Noa's Yemenite roots and Gil Dor's strong background in jazz, classical, country and rock, have created Noa and Gil Dor's unique sound, manifested in hundreds of songs written and performed together. Noa plays percussion, guitar and piano.

Achinoam Nini performing at the opening of the Peres Institute for Peace

In 1994, Noa performed the English version of Ave Maria for a live audience of 100,000 and a TV audience of millions at the culmination event of the International Year of the Family at the Vatican, Rome, Italy, witnessed by Pope John Paul II.

Noa and Gil Dor have performed on numerous occasions with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. They recorded an album with them during a live performance at Tel Aviv's Mann auditorium in 1997. Over the years their symphonic projects have multiplied, including concerts with Symphony Orchestras from Lille, Messina, Parma, Murcia, Firenze Symphony.

In September 2003, Noa performed a vocal work entitled L'isola della Luce (after the Greek island on which it was performed) written by Nicola Piovani especially for her. The work was commissioned by the Cultural Olympics Committee in Athens.

On May 1, 2004, Noa and Gil Dor, together with the noted Israeli rhythm and dance troupe Mayumana, gave a joint performance between the two final games of the Euroleague basketball championship, broadcast to thousands of television viewers around the world.

Together with Arab-Israeli singer Mira Awad, represented her country at Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "There Must Be Another Way", qualifying to the final from the first semi final and eventually finishing in 16th place.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • In 1999 Noa was honored with the "Crystal Award" by the "World Economic Forum" in Davos, Switzerland, where she performed together with Palestinian artists and participated in numerous panels dealing with peace in the Middle East and the role of art and artists towards bringing it about.
  • In 2000, the mayor of Melpignano, Italy, awarded honorary citizenship to Noa and Nabil Salameh, Palestinian singer songwriter with Michele Lobaccaro of the group "Radiodervish", for their activity for peace.
  • On April 3, 2005, Noa became the first woman to receive the medal of the "Galileo Galilei" order from the "Grand Orient", the Italian arm of the Freemasons organization.
  • On August 7, 2005, Noa received the "Gemona Seminar" prize for artistic excellence and her contribution to peace and understanding.
  • Noa won the "Critics' Award" at the 56th Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, appearing with the Solis String Quartet [6] and Carlo Fava.[7]

Discography[edit]

Over the span of their 24-year career together, Gil and Noa have written and produced 3 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 five 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, Now (produced by Gil Dor & Yoad Nevo) and Genes & Jeans (produced by Gil Dor) 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. There are also various compilations available.

  • Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor Live (July 1991)
  • Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor (September 1993)
  • Noa (March 1994)
  • Calling (May 1996)
  • Achinoam Nini (April 1997)
  • Achinoam Nini & the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (April 1998)
  • Blue Touches Blue (March 2000)
  • First Collection (March 2001)
  • Now (September 2002)
  • Noa Gold (October 2003)
  • Noa Live - DVD/Double CD with the Solis Quartet (October 2005)
  • Genes & Jeans (April 2008)
  • There Must Be Another Way (2009)
  • Noapolis - Noa Sings Napoli (2011)

Soundtracks[edit]

In 1998, Noa recorded the part of Esmeralda in French for the original soundtrack of the multi-Platinum selling "Notre Dame de Paris", but decided not to play the role in the musical on stage. Her song "Babel", written in English, French and Hebrew as theme song for the Gerarad Pullicino movie of the same name, topped the charts in France the following year.

Noa collaborated with French composer Éric Serra on two songs for film: "The Experience of Love" from the James Bond film GoldenEye, and the song "My Heart is Calling" from the Luc Besson film "The Messenger."

In 2000, Noa recorded the theme song "La vita è bella" of the film "Life Is Beautiful", Roberto Benigni's Oscar award-winning film. Noa also wrote the lyrics to the song now titled "Beautiful That Way", together with lyricist Gil Dor. The song was recorded and released with the album Blue Touches Blue, and also appears on the soundtrack to the film as well as on her album Noa Gold in two versions.

Duets and collaborations[edit]

Noa has toured and sung with rock superstar Sting, performed her song Child of man with Stevie Wonder for a CBS TV special in the United States, and shared the stage and microphone with many well-known artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Sheryl Crow, George Benson, Johnny Clegg, Zucchero, Peter Maffay, Pino Daniele, Rita, Massimo Ranieri, Florent Pagny, Jean Jacques Goldman, Khaled, Amine, Lokua Kanza, Jorge Drexler, Joan Manuel Serrat, Mira Anewr Awad, Meir Banai, Miguel Bosé, Donovan, Maurane, Éric Serra, Pascal Obispo, Patrick Bruel, Mike Mainieri, Chava Alberstein, Gil Dor, Nini Band, Solis String Quartet, Al Di Meola, Carlos Núñez,[8] Lara Fabian, Bustan Abraham and George Dalaras.

  • Noa and Gil Dor have collaborated frequently with Arab and Palestinian artists from around the world, including Khaled from Algeria, Nabil Salameh, of Palestinian origin, born in Lebanon, Handallah from Nablus, Rim Banna from Nazareth, Amal Murkus from Kfar Yasif, and Mira Awad from Kfar Raameh. These collaborations enable the duo to express, musically, their belief in the power of communication and dialogue as a means of promoting peace and understanding.

FAO ambassador[edit]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO was founded on October 16, 1945 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Programme was initiated in 1999. On 16 October 2003, Noa was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Political views[edit]

She supported Tzipi Livni during Israel's legislative elections in 2013.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Achinoam Nini". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ A little bit of Berklee in Tel Aviv
  3. ^ "Noa's biography". Goldenland.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  4. ^ Still optimistic about peace
  5. ^ "Arab-Jewish singing duo go to Eurovision on sour note". jweekly.com. May 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Bio". Solis.it. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  7. ^ ": Carlo Fava - Official site :". Carlofava.it. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  8. ^ "A lavandeira da Noite / Noa & Carlos Nunez". YouTube. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  9. ^ "Noa biography". Noasmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  10. ^ תקווה תנצח: אחינועם ניני וסטף ורטהיימר מאמינים on YouTube

External links[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bo'az
with The Fire In Your Eyes
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Mira Awad)
2009
Succeeded by
Harel Ska’at
with Milim