18 December 2004

Noa's performance at Vatican Christmas Concert (Vatican)







Noa at Vatican Christmas Concert. December 18th (duet with Massimo Ranieri) (the concert wasbroadcasted on italian tv and radio, on Dec. 24th)

Concerto di Natale in Vaticano all'insegna della pace di Serena Sartini/ 18/12/2004
Nell'atmosfera natalizia dell'Aula Paolo VI si è chiusa questa sera la dodicesima edizione del Concerto di Natale in Vaticano. Sul palco star d'eccezione che hanno proposto duetti inediti e brani originali.
Tre ore di splendida musica. Una scenografia molto originale. L'Aula Paolo VI è addobbata a festa, le luci e i colori si intrecciano. La sala è piena. C'è un unico messaggio, ripetuto da ciascun cantante: pace, a tutti e in tutto il mondo. E' questo l'augurio del natale 2004 e di un nuovo anno all'insegna della felicità, della pace, della speranza. Nel tradizionale concerto, che andrà in onda il 24 dicembre, alle 21.00 su Canale 5, e trasmesso da Rtl 102.5 oltre che con sistema wireless dai telefonini 3, sono stati molti i messaggi di pace e speranza richiamati da tutti gli artisti presenti: da Massimo Ranieri a Noa a Sergio Cammariere; tutti hanno comunicato con la loro musica questo augurio, accompagnati dal Maestro Renato Serio e dalla Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana.

Ed il Concerto di Natale in Vaticano non è solo musica, ma anche solidarietà, speranza, unione di religioni, di colori, di razze. Proprio come il brano che ha introdotto la serata: “Happy Christmas (War is over)'' di John Lennon, cantata da tutti gli artisti proprio per comunicare quel desiderio di pace tra i popoli. A condurre la serata, come di consueto, la brava Cristina Parodi.

Dopo il brano iniziale, a "rompere il ghiaccio" sul palcoscenico dell'Aula Paolo VI, è stato il napoletano Pino Daniele che si esibisce con parte della sua band, la "Ensemble". Al suo fianco ci sono Rossella Ruini e Fabrizio Palma, mentre l'orchestra è diretta dal maestro Gianluca Podio. L'artista partenopeo canta una versione melodica di "Quando", riarrangiata per un'occasione speciale. Una canzone a cui è molto legato - come lui stesso ha detto al termine dell'esibizione - dedicata ad un suo grande amico che non c'è più: Massimo Troisi. "Con questa canzone è un po' come se fosse qui con noi", ha aggiunto Pino Daniele.

L’atmosfera cresce, il pubblico fa sentire il suo calore. In Aula ci sono quasi 7.000 persone, di queste (ci confessano dall’organizzazione) meno di tremila hanno comprato il biglietto. Ma comunque la dodicesima edizione del Concerto in Vaticano ha avuto successo, più dello scorso anno.

A salire sul palco tocca a Massimo Ranieri, un altro napoletano doc. Suggestiva la sua interpretazione nell’edita versione di Magnificat, scritto da mons. Marco Frisina su testo tratto dal Vangelo secondo Luca. Ad interpretare il primo duetto della serata è proprio Massimo Ranieri che, insieme alla israeliana Noa, si esibisce con “Santa Lucia luntana”, un brano napoletano, cantato in un dialetto perfetto anche da Noa. Una canzone che parla della nostalgia e che richiama alla mente “i tanti migranti in giro per il mondo che non vanno dimenticati – sottolinea l’artista israeliana – occorre ricordare il sentimento di queste persone”. Quale è l’augurio di Noa per questo Natale? “Sono ebrea e il 25 dicembre per me non è una ricorrenza particolare. Ma ho un grande rispetto per questa serata e per voi. Nel mondo – ha aggiunto l’artista – ci sono diverse religione che devono convivere affinché a vincere sia la pace”. I due artisti sono in perfetta sintonia: ne esce un duetto eccezionale.


o strepitoso duetto di Massimo Ranieri e l’israeliana Noa. Insieme cantano un brano in dialetto napoletano: "Santa Lucia luntana"(Foto di Alessia Giuliani - Catholic Press Photo).

Dopo una lunga giornata di prove si chiude il sipario della Sala Nervi. Un po’ di riposo per gli artisti e per il Maestro Renato Serio che quest’anno, per la prima volta, dirige l’Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. Le prove continuano per tutta la mattina, fino alle 14.00. Poi, il pubblico comincerà a fare il suo ingresso per la serata musicale più stellare dell’anno.
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8 December 2004

Noa's concert in New York (USA)



* Tuesday December 8th - New York, NY
At 8.00pm Tickets from 32$ to 50$
Organized by Congregation Rodeph Sholom More info http://www.oyhoo.com

Israeli Pop Super-Star to Perform in New York December 8, 2004 - Main Event of 8 day Chanukah Music and Cultural Series
The American-Israeli singer-songwriter who has achieved world-wide acclaim both as an admired artist and as an activist for peace in the middle East will be making her only New York area appearance on December 8th, 2004.

(PRWEB) November 18, 2004 -- Noa, the international singing sensation has performed before many world leaders from former President Clinton at the White House to the Pope at the Vatican. The American-Israeli singer-songwriter who has achieved world-wide acclaim both as an admired artist and as an activist for peace in the middle East will be making her only New York area appearance on December 8th, 2004.

The concert will take place in the beautiful and historic sanctuary of Congregation Rodeph Shalom at 7 West 83rd Street off Central Park West. Noa’s performance is being presented by the Art Exchange in association with the New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival and will feature Noa on vocals and percussion, Gil Dor on guitar and vocals, and Zohar Fresco on percussion and drums.

Noa, who is known in Israel as Achinoam Nini, returned to her native Israel at age 17 after being raised in New York by her Yemenite-Jewish family. Her career took off in the early 1990’s when guitarist Pat Metheny heard her perform in Israel and produced her first album for Geffen Records. Noa is a Universal Music artist and frequently performs throughout Europe and North Africa with her repertoire of original Hebrew and English songs performed in a pop genre with strong Middle Eastern flavoring. She has performed with Sting, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Carlos Santana, Khaled, Quincy Jones, Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra with which she recorded a best selling album in Israel.

Noa’s tour will take her to Mexico, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia with a final stop in New York.

Tickets range from $32 to $50 and are available by calling 212-608-0555 or online at http://www.oyhoo.com

For More Information, please contact : Slava Gordon 212-608-0555 email protected from spam botso

7 December 2004

Noa's concert in Philadelphia (USA)


Noa's concert in Philadelphia, PA. USA December 7th

Monday December 7th - Philadelphia, PA -
Annanberg Center for the Arts
http://www.annenbergcenter.org
Venue: The Zellerbach Theatre
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
This concert is part of the Festival of Lights
Tickets: from 21$ to 43$


OPULAR ISRAELI-AMERICAN SINGER NOA PERFORMS HER “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CONCERT” AS PART OF PENN PRESENTS®' WORLD DISCOVERY SERIES
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A singer/songwriter with a universal perspective, Noa will bring her singular style to Philadelphia, as part of the Penn Presents 2004-05 World Discovery Series, on Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theatre of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street. Entitled "A Festival of Lights Concert," the performance will reflect Noa's source of creative inspiration - not just music, but beauty from the world around her. It is the perfect celebration to begin the Chanukah holiday, which begins December 8. Noa (whose birth name is Achinoam Nini) is fast attaining an international reputation for fusing different music styles together into one tantilizing sound - particularly Middle Eastern beats and Jazz. Tickets for the performance are $43, $38, $31 and $21. There are discounts for seniors, students, groups, and Penn alumni, as well as the TIAA-CREF university faculty/staff discount. For tickets or more information, call 215-898-3900, or visit online at www.pennpresents.org. Media Sponsor: METRO Philadelphia. There will be a free pre-show lecture at 6:30 p.m., place TBA.

Noa's life experience - which resonates in her music - has taken her around the world and back again. She was born in Israel to parents of Yemenese descent, raised in the Bronx, New York, and repatriated to Israel in her late teens. To date she has released four international albums, has eight Israeli recordings, and has performed around the world for dignitaries and common folk alike, striking them with her earnest, heart-felt interpretations and compositions. Her most recent compilation is Now (2002). Among her strongest musical influences are Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon.

She started singing at the age of three, a time when her parents encouraged her talent by putting her on a table with a carrot in her hand as a microphone. By the age of seven she was writing songs - about God, cockroaches, trees and love. She says she has been writing songs (the content of which changes as she does...) and singing them ever since. "I consider that an incredible privilege," the exotic beauty states.

Noa spent two years in the Israeli military singing for soldiers, then enrolled in the Rimon School of Music where she met Gil Dor, a musician who would ultimately help shape her sound and professional career. They have been artistic partners ever since.

Always mindful of the blessing her voice and her music has been to her, she is proud of the hundreds of concerts she has had around the world and the "endless encounters with remarkable people…I have sung for the Pope, Bill Clinton, Steven Spielberg and Yitzhak Rabin to name a few," she says, "&3133;and been on stage with Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Quincy Jones, Sheryl Crow, and so many other amazingly talented people from all over the world."

Poetry has also influenced her music. "I love poetry, especially e.e. cummings and Octavio Paz," she says, "…but I have taken material and inspiration from so many places and people: I just try to keep my eyes and ears, and especially my heart, wide open all the time."

Noa has garnered fans from around the world with her open, frank, sensual and inviting style.

In 2001, she became a mother to a son, and considers that event to be the greatest influence ever on her music and her life.

For more information about Noa, please visit www.noasmusic.com.

5 December 2004

Noa's concert in Minneapolis (MN) USA.

Noa's concert in Minneapolis (MN) USA. Dec 5th

* Sunday December 5th - Minneapolis, MN
Organized by Israel Programs Center & Adath Jeshurun Tamid Committee
Time: 7.00 pm
Location: Adath Jeshurun
10500 Hillside Lane
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305
Tickets: general $20.00; Reserved+reception $36.00; Child+senior $15.00
Event Contact: Itai Tennenbaum
Phone: (952) 381-3551
http://jewishminnesota.org/

4 December 2004

Noa's concert in Evanston (Illinois - Chicago) USA


Speaking with 'Noa' December 3, 2004 by Lisa Frydman

Achinoam Nini, known internationally as "Noa," is a human tornado in concert. Her luscious cape of curls flows around her as she whirls from song to almost any instrument (she's brilliant on the Darbukkah, a hand-held Arabic drum), blending her signature style of folk, jazz and Middle Eastern rhythms in Hebrew and in English.

Considered the hottest female pop artist in Israel, Nini plays to sellout crowds in her native country, the United States and
worldwide -- not to mention repeated gigs at the Vatican. She laughs during a phone interview from the Holy Land, that she, a
Yemenite Jew from Israel, is considered a "Vatican favorite."

Born in Israel and raised in New York, Nini, 35, studied at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. She chose to return to Israel when she was 17 to serve in the army, singing for the soldiers in the Northern Command Ensemble. After her military service, Nini studied at the Rimon School of Music in Israel. It was there that she met Gil Dor, a highly accomplished guitarist, and began their 14-year musical partnership.

NOA 8 p.m. Saturday
Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University Campus, 600 E. Emerson,Evanston
Tickets, $50
(847) 498-8218

Nini became a sensation in Israel, but the turning point in her career was when she and Dor collaborated with jazz guitarist Pat
Metheny to release "Noa," her first international album, in 1994. Nini, married and mother of two, will be performing at Northwestern University on Saturday night.

HERE'S WHAT NINI HAD TO SAY:

On the ultimate balancing act -- kids & career: I have a 3-year-old son, and I just gave birth to my second child three months ago. We named our daughter Enea, which means "seeing the world through her own eyes." It is a name inspired by the hope for peace -- to see the world not in any old way, but a better way.

On performing in Chicago: I love Chicago. A very good friend of mine lives here. He's an extraordinary musician whom I met through Pat Metheny. As for the city, I'm in love with the Art Institute, and of course, I'll take my son to Navy Pier.

On politics: I'm very political. Everyone in Israel knows exactly where I stand. I'm very outspoken. In fact, I sang at the peace rally where [the late prime minister of Israel] Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Ten minutes after I performed, he was shot dead. It was devastating.

On her special relationship with the pope: I've met the pope several times, and sang for him. I'm what you'd call a "Vatican favorite" [laughs]. It's just so ironic, being Jewish and a Yemenite Israeli, I'm so far removed from Catholicism. I recorded my own version of "Ave Maria" during the Gulf War on my first international album, which was produced by Pat Metheny. I sang the song at the Vatican. The performance was televised worldwide. My appearance was considered very controversial in Israel. Many Israelis were proud that I was a Jewish singer from Israel singing in front of the pope. Others here were not as open-minded and accepting.

On discussions with the Pope: He's a very gentle, intelligent man. He made it a point to tell me that he believes in reconciliation between Judaism and Christianity, and believes in peace. Look, I don't agree with everything he does, but he is one of the most important religious leaders in the world, and he's made very symbolic gestures to Israel. And when it comes to peace, the pope is right on the ball.

A brush with Hollywood: I'm not prone to stage fright. I'm very comfortable singing in front of anybody. But there I was in Majorca, performing in the Cultural Arts Center, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were seated right in front of me, first row. It was horrible and wonderful. Catherine was the nicest person. She invited me and the whole band to a cocktail party after the show, and later e-mailed me how much she enjoyed my music. It was a thrilling experience.

On her fantasy performance: I end all my concerts with a Paul Simon song. Hands down, it would be singing anything with Paul Simon.

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By PAUL WIEDER

Although she plays percussion and guitar, Noa’s primary instrument is her voice. Both powerful and beautiful, it is in a league with those of Linda Ronstadt and Barbara Streisand. It is a voice that can be as delicate as an orchid and as overwhelming as a sunset sometimes, in the same song.

Her third English-language album is called Both Sides of the Sea, and that is an accurate depiction of Noa’s biography: I was born in Israel in 1969 When I was 2 years old, my parents moved to the Bronx I returned to Israel alone, at 17, she says. Like most Israelis that age, she entered the army, serving in an entertainment unit. Afterward, she studied in a music school, where she met guitarist Gil Dor. After a 1990 concert together, they began collaborating, as they have been ever since.

Noa is an Israeli nickname; her full name is Achinoam Nini. She used Noa for the title of her 1994 debut album, produced by the man who was to bring her to the attention of the world, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Her second English album, Calling, was produced by Rupert Hine, who has also recently worked with Suzanne Vega.

Like Ofra Haza, Noa is of Yemenite origin. Also like Haza, she merges East and West and old and new in every song. On her albums, Noa is accompanied by everything from an entire orchestra to a Sephardi-Mizrachi ensemble to just Gil Dor’s tender guitar.

Dor still does much of the accompanying and arranging, and Noa takes many of her lyrics from the great Israeli poet Leah Goldberg. She does, however, write many of her own songs; her influences are singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, as well as Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen. Her favorite poets are e.e. cummings and Octavio Paz. But I have taken material and inspiration from so many people and places, she confesses, adding, I just try to keep my eyes and ears, and especially my heart, wide open all the time.

Noa has recorded in both Hebrew and English, in both the U.S. and Israel. After Haza’s untimely passing, Noa has emerged as Israel’s premier voice to the world. Her audiences have included Stephen Spielberg, Bill Clinton, and the Pope. She has shared the stage with stars ranging from Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder to Carlos Santana and Sheryl Crow; and both she and David Broza, Israel’s best-known guitarist, have performed with world-music fan Sting.

Her greatest achievement, Noa feels, is being a mother to Ayehli, her son, born in early 2001. She considers this the most challenging and beautiful experience in my life. For all her success and acclaim, she feels, being a mother is perhaps the greatest privilege of all.

Noa will appear at Northwestern University’s Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, on Saturday, Dec. 4. The event is a benefit for Shir Chadash Reconstructionist Synagogue on its 10th anniversary, and is presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Tickets are $50; call Shir Chadash at (847) 4

2 December 2004

Noa's concert in Columbus (Oh) USA

Noa's concert in Columbus (Oh) USA Dec 2nd

* Thursday December 2nd - Columbus, OH
Organized by the Congregation Tifereth Israel
1354 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-253-8523
http://www.tiferethisrael.org/

Concert by NOA-Achinoam Nini-Thursday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Riffe Center Theatre. Noa is Israel's acclaimed singer of many different styles and genres of music. One of the nation's great stars, she is beloved throughout the world. She has performed before thousands upon thousands of people at the Vatican, on TV throughout Europe, and around the world. An outspoken advocate of peace and reconciliation between peoples, she sings, plays guitar, piano and congas and is just amazing. She will be
featured in the Spotlight Series Program of Congregation Tifereth Israel. Tickets are $38 -- $18 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the CAPA Ticket office, Ticketmaster or from Congregation Tifereth Israel. Call 253-8524, x. 160 for more information. To see more, check
out her website: www.noasmusic.com
For more information, please contact Cantor Jack Chomsky .

1 December 2004

Noa leads The Jerusalem AIDS Campaign together with Inbal Gur-Arie (Israel)




"We all care" - Noa (Achinoam Nini) and Inbal Gur-Arie by IsraAID (www.israaid.org.il)

‘We All Care’ - Israeli group campaigns for World AIDS Day 1 Dec 2004
This year's World AIDS Campaign focus is on Women and HIV. The Jerusalem AIDS Project brought together two special Israeli women to lead the campaign.

‘We All Care’ - Israeli group campaigns for World AIDS Day 1 Dec 2004
This year's World AIDS Campaign focus is on Women and HIV. The Jerusalem AIDS Project brought together two special Israeli women to lead the campaign.


This year's World AIDS Campaign focus is on Women and HIV.

The Jerusalem AIDS Project brought together two special Israeli women to lead the campaign, Noa (known in Israel as Achinoam Nini), a singer and a recently appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Food Program, and Inbal Gur-Arie, a 30-year-old Israeli women infected with HIV, who was appointed as UNAIDS Campaigner for 2003-2004. Both appear on an Israeli World AIDS Day poster and a stamp.

The poster and stamp send across the message "We all care" for those infected, ill and those whom we must prevent from being infected.

The world is this week marking World AIDS Day (1 December). 23 years since AIDS was first known as a disease that affects mostly gay men, HIV - the virus that causes AIDS - knows no borders. Almost 40 million people are living today with HIV worldwide, and the current rate of new infections is 14,000 a day.

In Israel, official reports estimate the number of Israelis living with HIV to be 4,300. Many believe this is an underestimate, due to the basic fact that most Israelis do not test themselves for HIV.

The Jerusalem AIDS Project (JAIP) is focusing its efforts all year round in targeting youth with a comprehensive model for education on HIV prevention. Schools, army camps, universities and out of school groups are being educated by JAIP volunteers on how to prevent themselves from being infected and infecting others.

The Jerusalem AIDS Project is also involved in the international commemoration of World AIDS Day, through its network and worldwide contacts. In Africa, volunteers of JAIP are conducting this week educational sessions in local communities. In Europe, JAIP educational materials are presented amongst other multi-cultural materials in exhibitions and events organized by the European AIDS Forum.

In Jerusalem, JAIP is especially active this year in contributing to the discussions at the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on HIV/AIDS. Also, JAIP is a partner to the municipality of Jerusalem in holding its major World AIDS Day event on 1 December.

Being part of faith-based initiatives on HIV/AIDS, The Jerusalem AIDS Project is supporting Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups in developing their action against HIV/AIDS. JAIP is part of an ecumenical initiative in this area.

The Jerusalem AIDS Project is a member of IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid. IsraAID is a coordinating body of Israeli Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) based in Israel who are active in development and relief work and concerned about global issues ("Tikkun Olam").

30 November 2004

Noa's concert in Austin, Texas (USA)


Noa's concert in Austin (Texas, USA) Nov 30th

* Tuesday, November 30th - Austin, TX
Time:7.30pm
Organized by the Austin Jewish Community
http://www.jcaaonline.org/index.asp

28 November 2004

Noa's concert in Thousand Oaks (USA)



Date: Sunday, November 28, 2004
Time: 7:30PM
Place: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - 818-991-7111
Venue: Fred Kavli Theatre - Temple Beth Haverim
Tickets: 203$, 103$, 57$, 48$, 39$
Tickets are available at the Civic Arts Plaza Box Office

Noa Back With New Album, Daughter by Kelly Hartog, Contributing Writer
Renowned recording artist Noa, known as Achinoam Nini in Israel, is currently at home basking in the glory of her latest creation.


And no, it’s not a new album.

It’s her daughter, Enéa. “It means ‘her eyes’ in Hebrew,” says Noa, who has written a song with the same title.

“My wish for her is that she sees the world always through her own eyes, and that they be eyes of love and beauty.”

Born on Aug. 12, Enéa is Noa’s second child. Her son, Ayehli, is now 3. This latest birth, says Noa, was “natural, short and painful, but that’s the way it goes.”

“My daughter is healthy and beautiful,” she says. “But I’m far from objective. And she doesn’t look anything like me. In fact, she looks like something new ... not anybody’s photocopy, as well she should.”

Noa has had a busy year. She performed up until her eighth month, but admits, “Pregnancy is bound to slow you down at some point. I did not do much songwriting because creating life took up all my energy.”

Nevertheless, having children clearly agrees with her. Noa says her last album was “deeply inspired by my first child. His arrival changed my life.”

Noa considers that album, “Now,” to be her best. Her latest European tour was met with great success, particularly in Spain and Italy.

“The highlights for me were a performance in the Euro-League basketball championships, broadcast to millions throughout Europe,” she says. “That, and a live event performed in front of 400,000 people in Rome titled, ‘We Are the Future,’ organized by Quincy Jones as a follow up to ‘We Are the World.’”

The event was designed to raise funds for children who are victims of war. It was also broadcast on MTV and VHI to millions of viewers worldwide.

“I did both those performances in my seventh month of pregnancy with a big belly,” she states proudly.

And although her children have clearly inspired a great deal of her work, Noa says she’s not too keen with the idea of them following in her footsteps.

“I hope my children will love and enjoy music,” she says. “But I would not wish them a musician’s life, especially not the way the world and the music business look today. They both stink,” she states matter-of-factly.

“But,” she adds, “if they want it badly, nothing’s going to stop them, and I will always encourage them to follow their heart. I can only wish them happiness.”

In the meantime, barely a month after her daughter’s birth, Noa is back writing songs again.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenges of a new project, a new album and a tour with my newly expanded family,” she says, adding that she plans to take her kids on the road as much as possible.

Together with Gil Dor, she is currently working on songs for a new album, with several tours planned later this year. “However, we’ll mostly be writing and recording,” she says. “The year 2006 will be more of a touring year.”

But American fans won’t have to wait till then to see Noa perform. From Nov. 25 to Dec. 8, Noa will be touring the United States. She will perform at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Fred Kavli Theatre on Nov. 28, presented by Temple Beth Haverim and Jewish Family of Conejo Simi and West Valley.

“I want to warmly invite all my American fans to come and see us live, to listen to the songs and really enjoy themselves,” she says. “We invest our souls into the music and the lyrics, which,” she is quick to point out, “are mostly in English.”

“I hope [our songs] will resonate with and possibly even bring hope and light to as many people as possible.”

Writing, recording, touring. It’s a punishing schedule for a mother with two small children. But her response to the inevitable question of how she manages to juggle her career with motherhood is simple.

“It’s the hardest thing in the world,” she admits. “I do it with very little sleep and with more love than you can imagine.”

The concert by Noa will be on Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. $39-$203. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Arts Plaza box office in person or by calling Ticketmaster at (213) 480-3232. For more information about Noa, visit www.noasmusic.com.
© 2004 The Jewish Journal


International singer coming to town By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com

27 November 2004

Noa's concert in Scottsdale, AZ (USA)




Noa's concert in Scottsdale, AZ (USA)

Saturday November 27th -
Time: 8:01PM MST
Place: Scottsdale Center for the Arts
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Venue: Virginia G. Piper Theater
Tickets 36 $
How to book your tickets:
http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event.php?id=307

25 November 2004

Noa's concert in Mexico DF (Mexico)


Date: Thursday, November 25, 2004
Time: 8:30PM CET (GMT+01:00)
* El Centro Deportivo Israelita de Mexico DF celebra su 54 aniversario con el concierto de Noa en el Asoleadero.
* Noa's concert to celebrate CDI's 54th anniversary in Mexico city.
Tickets & Venue Info: http://cdi.org.mx

Noa en concierto, ¿quién es y qué ha hecho?
Noa oyó el llamado de su vocación muy temprano en la vida. «A los dieciocho me agarró esta cosa de la mortalidad» dice, recordando sus años en el ejército, «esta perspectiva por lo corta que era la vida, cómo no hay tiempo que desperdiciar. Es mejor que hagas lo que te gusta en la vida porque si no, no hay una segunda oportunidad. Me encanta cantar, de allí es de donde saco fuerzas». Noa no es tímida para expresar pasión por su vocación, o por Calling, su segundo álbum para Geffen Records. Y si su vocación es cantar, su misión es hacer que la gente piense, en particular acerca del poder de la comunicación y de cómo puede romper las barreras que separan a las culturas. Siendo una israelita criada en el Bronx, residente de Tel Aviv cuyo escenario es el mundo, y una compositora pop de ascendencia yemenita que canta en inglés, ciertamente está calificada para el trabajo. «Siempre me consideré una artista que tiene algo para decir», explica Noa. «Quiero esa responsabilidad. Quiero transmitirle algo a la gente; hay muy poco tiempo y muchas cosas sucediendo para desaprovechar esta oportunidad». Noa ha creado una música israelita-estadunidense única. Tal como dice el guitarrista Gil Dor que ha colaborado con ella en cuatro álbumes, «la sensibilidad lírica de Noa es estadunidense, pero las armonías, las modulaciones de la voz, provienen del Medio Oriente». Sus influencias provienen del cantante y compositor Paul Simon y de Broadway, pero también sabe tocar el darbukkah, un tambor árabe. Además, la mayoría de las grandes canciones provienen de alguna especie de conflicto interno. Aunque no experimentó una verdadera «crisis de identidad» hasta que llegó a la adolescencia - evento que resultó por regresar a Israel después de dieciséis años- Noa ha luchado por mucho tiempo con preguntas de autodefinición. Su familia se mudó de Israel a Nueva York cuando Noa tenía un año (su nombre completo es Achinoam Nini). Se instalaron en el Bronx cuanto ella tenía cinco años. En casa hablaba hebreo y yemenita (el idioma de sus abuelos); en los demás lugares hablaba inglés. Asistió a una escuela judía donde la mayoría de los estudiantes eran de ascendencia europea, no árabe. Cuando creció y comenzó a salir a las discotecas con sus amigas, a menudo la confundían con una puertorriqueña. Cuando Noa tenía quince años - «la edad del esclarecimiento,» dice socarrona- comenzó a sentirse muy incómoda. «En un momento me sentí muy infeliz. Estaba atormentada por el ambiente tradicionalista de la casa de mis padres y el mundo exterior. Necesitaba saber quién era esta persona de piel oscura - ¿judía, isreaelita, yemenita, estadunisense? Estaba confundida, y comencé a obsesionarme con la cuestión de la identidad». «También estaba enamorada de este chico que conocí en un viaje a Israel, y con el cual me casé. Quería irme de casa, estar sola.» A los diecisiete años Noa abandonó la High School for the Performing Arts de Nueva York y se mudó a Israel. Allí, el servicio militar es obligatorio. Después de terminar la escuela secundaria, Noa aterrizó en un grupo encargado de entretener a las tropas. Durante los siguientes dos años fue una sargento cantante, viajando a través de Israel. Pronto se dio cuenta que se había vuelto adicta a los escenarios. Cuando la dieron de baja se preguntó «¿Hay alguna razón por la que no pueda hacer esto? ¿Quiero ir a la universidad y estudiar física o quiero cantar?» Y la respuesta fue un rotundo sí a lo último. Hablando un poco de ella, Noa comenzó a componer canciones a los ocho años de edad. Una de las canciones trataba sobre una cucaracha. Otras trataban sobre su deseo de no ser un patito feo. Pero también escribía sobre los de sin techo de la ciudad de Nueva York, los bosques tropicales que estaban siendo destruidos, y sobre D-os. Noa y Dor comenzaron a actuar como un dúo acústico. En 1991 lanzaron Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor Live in Concert, una colección de clásicos del jazz y covers pop cantados en hebreo. Esto fue seguido por un segundo álbum en hebreo, Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor de 1993, que incluía las obras de los famosos poetas israelitas Leah Goldberg y Rachel. Con este disco Noa y Dor se convirtieron en auténticas estrellas en Israel, y también comenzaron a expandir su base de fans con giras en Europa y en Estados Unidos. Noa y Dor comenzaron a conquistar el mundo. Noa fue disco de oro en Israel, una sorpresa ya que a los israelitas a menudo no les gustan los discos de sus artistas locales cantados en un idioma extranjero. Pero la verdadera sorpresa fue Japón, donde vendieron 17,000 copias. Noa conquistó Italia más tarde; en octubre de 1994 cantaron su versión del Ave María en el Vaticano ante 100,000 personas (y millones de televidentes), incluyendo al Papa Juan Pablo II y la Madre Teresa. Cuando llegó el momento de grabar Calling, Noa y Dor acudieron al legendario productor Rupert Hine. Noa, Dor, Hine -que tocó teclados y cantó coros- y el percusionista Zohar Fresco grabaron los cortes básicos, incluyendo la mayoría de las voces, que son primeras tomas. El bajista Yossi Fine también aparece en el álbum, pero la instrumentación predominante consiste de voces, guitarra y percusión. Los invitados especiales incluyen a Manu Katche, el percusionista Pino Palladino y la Orquesta de Londres. El álbum fue mezclado en Londres. Noa dice que su meta final es «levantar el ánimo, llevar a la gente a un lugar diferente, pero también quiero que vean lo que no quieren ver. Si puedo transmitir mi mensaje e inspirar tal como yo fui inspirada, creo que puedo marcar la diferencia. Por esto es por lo que yo me esfuerzo siempre». No te puedes perder su gran concierto para festejar el 54 Aniversario del CDI, este 25 de noviembre en el Asoleadero en punto de las 20:30 Hrs.
Concierto de Noa Dentro del marco del Festejo del 54 Aniversario del CDI
Noa, también conocida como Achinoam Nini viene a México y está lista para impresionar al público CDIsta. Festejaremos juntos el 54 aniversario del CDI, con sus canciones, su alegría y celebraremos tres veces Jai, un concepto de vida, de unión y de proyección a muchas años más. En el concierto que ofrecerá el próximo 25 de noviembre en el Asoleadero del CDI, cantará canciones de su última producción, así como grandes éxitos del pasado. Los pases sin costo, se pueden adquirir en el Comité de Actividades, el cupo es limitado. A continuación, una entrevista realizada con motivo de promocionar su última producción llamada “Now”. ¿De qué se trata este álbum y por qué se llama “Now”? Estoy muy orgullosa de este álbum, creo que es el mejor que he hecho hasta hoy, refleja lo que soy en este momento y por eso se llama “ahora”, porque es quien soy. La música y palabras son un viaje e introspección a mi interior, son un reflejo de mi alma, lleno de mis emociones, dudas, pensamientos, humor, tristeza y de lo que quiero decir y reflejar. ¿Con quién lo trabajaste? Tuve la gran oportunidad de trabajar con grandes músicos para este álbum, tanto conocidos como nuevos, es gente con la que he trabajado por mucho tiempo, y que aportaron con su estilo y su magia a cada pedazo del mismo. Con las ideas y contribuciones se logró algo muy especial. De hecho, algunas de las grabaciones se hicieron es condiciones sumamente antiortodoxas.
Cada músico dio un pedazo de su alma a este trabajo. Quiero reconocer el apoyo de la Compañía, ya que no podríamos haber hecho nada sin ella. ¿Qué emociones experimentaste durante la grabación de este álbum? Pasé por un mundo de emociones, fue escrito y producido en un momento de post embarazo y una maternidad temprana, con un cambio de emociones hormonales, y con los cambios en mi vida, que son muy impactantes, cambios de energía y sobre todo, como mi vida, el álbum está lleno de buena vibra y sobre todo mucho amor. Estoy muy feliz con el resultado. ¿Por qué decidiste incluir un cover? Gil y yo hicimos nuestro primer concierto en febrero de 1990. El primer trabajo era 80% covers. Son un gran medio para expresarse si eres lo suficientemente creativo como para identificarte con una letra y reinterpretarla a tu manera, incluirla en tu propio mundo, hacerlo tuyo como si la hubieras escrito tu misma, eso es lo que intento hacer y disfrutarla enormemente. ¿Qué diferencias hay con álbumes pasados? Este álbum tiene una unión mágica entre sonidos acústicos y percusiones, es música de dos mundos. La unión funciona de manera increíble. Son uniones de corazón, me encanta hacer estas mezclas. También mi cantar es diferentes simple y directo, suena penetrante, me encanta. Las canciones, estoy convencida, son de lo mejor que ha habido. Una de las cosas que he aprendido de la maternidad es no desperdiciar tu tiempo, llegar al punto que quieres expresar. ¿Cómo afecta la situación en Israel con tu vida diaria? Vivir en Israel hoy en día es como jugar a la ruleta rusa, puedes quedarte quieto y pretender que nada está pasando hasta que el disparo se escucha en el aire y quien sabe quién es el siguiente, es un sentimiento terrible. En mi jardín las rosas crecen, la televisión y el radio están apagados, dejo el mundo de afuera, afuera, porque para qué invitar al dolor si se presenta de todas maneras sin invitación, sin importar qué tan no deseado sea. Cuando puedo canto y hablo en público, creo en la paz, creo fuertemente en la comunicación no violenta, y la comunicación humana y en el tiempo, no hay de otra manera, todos estos sentimientos están en la música en este disco, creo que lo podemos resolver. ¿Cómo afecta la promoción del disco en el crecimiento de tu recién nacido Aheyli? Tengo un solo principio y modelo como madre, amor, amor, y más amor, todo lo demás son procesos de ensayo y error, de belleza y descubrimiento. Trato de mantener el miedo lo más alejado posible, hay bailes, cantos, lecturas y risas en esta casa, y mucho amor simplemente, hago lo mejor que puedo. ¿De qué manera te ha influenciado el nacimiento de tu hijo (tanto personal como musicalmente)? Convertirme en madre de Aheyli me ha hecho ser una mucho mejor persona de lo que siempre había sido. He tenido que conocer cada extremo de la vida y he sobrevivido, llena de energía y amor, hay dolor, preocupación y dudas, sin embargo, hay descubrimientos en fuerza y en belleza, hay mucho que dar, es una separación muy sana de ti mismo. Aheyli significa mi otra ala, es lo que me ha permitido levantar el vuelo y ha sido un maravilloso viaje. ¿Hay algún artista con el que te gustaría trabajar en el futuro o a quien admiras? Admiro a quien sea lo suficientemente valiente para hacer lo que realmente quiere de manera original en este mundo lleno de banalidades y conformismo. Admiro a los artistas verdaderos, en donde quiera que estén. He sido influenciada por algunos genios tales como Paul Simom, Jony Mitchel, Lennor Coin, Andrew Waiss, entre otros. Este mundo sería totalmente miserable sin gente como ellos. ¿Con tu nuevo álbum y concierto, cuál es el mensaje que quieres transmitir? Me preguntan a menudo por mi mensaje y me es difícil expresarlo, no sé si exista y si existiera, no lo diría así nada más, hay muchas ideas en las canciones, muchas emociones, pero son mías. Mi deseo es que cada persona que lo escuche, se lleve partes de la canción que lo llenen, lo identifiquen y lo hagan propio. Sueño con una audiencia que piense y sueñe. No dictaría un mensaje, eso es para reporteros y educadores, yo sólo abro mi corazón siempre y espero a ver qué pasa

5 November 2004

Noa's performance at Rabin's memorial, Tel Aviv (Israel)


Noa's performance at Rabin's memorial, Tel Aviv. Nov. 5th
Tonight Noa & Gil Dor performed again their touching song "Ha'stav biladav" at the 9th rememberance night in Tel Aviv at the square (now named "Rabin Square") were 9 years ago Yitzchak Rabin was murdered. The event is one of the first performances after Noa's daughter birth in August and before their upcoming American Tour that will take Noa, Gil Dor & Zohar Fresco to Mexico, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and New York.

12 August 2004

Enea's Birth, (Noa's daughter)



Enea's Birth,(Noa's daughter) August 12th.
On August 12th, at 8:40 pm, our daughter was born. 20 years ago, to the day, her parents met for the first time on a hiking trip in the Carmel mountains. Mom was 15, dad 21.

Her name is Enéa, which means `her eyes' in Hebrew). The name is taken from the song BeEnea, (otherwise known as `mishaela'). the idea behind the song, and the name, is that we have the capacity to see the world through our own eyes, through filters of love and beauty, and in that way, hopefully, help transform it. I can only wish this for my daughter..not to take the world's pain and sorrow to heart, not to accept what she is given without a `fight'..to use her own, dark eyes to see the hope and beauty behind everything.

The birth went well, as births go. It was short, an hour and a half from the moment we arrived at the hospital to the miraculous moment she took her first breath. it was painful, but amazing and empowering at the same time. We are both well, mother and daughter. The boys are doing fine too.

I am sending a picture of Ayehli hugging his new little sister.

many kisses,

Achinoam (noa) and Asher

1 July 2004

Noa & Rim Banna records the theme song for the film Pace of Peace (Israel)


In July 2004, During Noa's 8th month of pregnancy with her daughter Enea, Noa and Gil, together with Palestinian singer Rim Banna, wrote and recorded the theme song for the animated film "Pace of Peace".The short film, a joint project of Israeli and Palestinian high-school students, was awarded special notice in the 2005 Venice Film Festival

21 May 2004

Noa's concert in Pavia (Italy)

Fare festival i primi due concerti

Graziati dalla pioggia, ma con temperature non ancora da concerti all'aperto, si sono svolti, nel cortile del Castello Visconteo, i primi due concerti della 5^ edizione di FareFestival, tradizionale appuntamento con le più diverse realtà musicali del pianeta, organizzato dal Settore Cultura del Comune di Pavia in collaborazione con l'Accademia di Voghera.

Il primo è stato quello di Noa, tenutosi Venerdì 21 Maggio.

Concerto, oltre che splendido, pregno anche di significati: con questo concerto Noa ha dato l'addio alle tournè e al suo pubblico. La sua gravidanza (giunta ormai al settimo mese) e le cure che vorrà dedicare alla futura figlia la terranno lontana dalla musica per almeno un anno.

E poi, il momento storico particolare che vede Isrlaele e Palestina al sommo di una follia dilaniante la porta a rivolgere appelli accorati affinchè tutto ciò finisca, in nome di una pace e di una convivenza che sembra ben lungi dall'arrivare.

Ma torniamo al concerto: lei, minuta, con una completo nero aderentissimo che le evidenzia ancora di più il "pancione", sul palco è una presenza immensa, leggera ed eterea come la sua voce, ma incisiva e struggente come la lama di un bellissimo pugnale. Accompagnata da Gil Dor (il famoso chitarrista che l'ha scoperta e lanciata) e da Eohar Fresco (un percussionista che definire "incredibile" è dir poco) ha offerto un concerto "antologico" in cui (lei stessa ha dichiarato così) andare a pescare le perle migliori dallo scrigno della sua produzione discografica.


E così canta Today ,Motor Lullabies e Eye in the sky ( da Now), Space (da Calling), I don't Know, Uri, Child of a Man e Mishaela ( da Noa), The Beauty of That ( da Blue Touches Blue) e un altro paio di brani da First Collection, da cui trae anche Shalom, canzone in cui la parola Pace, in israeliano e in palestinese, viene cantata assieme al pubblico.

"Sono contenta di terminare qui il mio tour; il posto è molto bello e le mie due metà stanno bene (avvicina il microfono alla pancia) Vedete? Anche Lei è tranquilla".

Per i bis , oltre agli "accenni" di canzoni a richiesta, ci regala due canzoni che non erano previste dalla scaletta: due incredibili versioni in napoletano di Jo te vurria vasà e Santa Lucia.

Dopo un ultimo discorso, in cui parla della petizione (non politica) con cui stanno raccogliendo firme congiunte di israeliani e palestinesi che implorano i loro governanti "sordi" di porre fine alla guerra, incanta tutti con una toccante versione del tema del film di Benigni La Vita è Bella.

19 May 2004

16 May 2004

Noa's concert in Roma (Italy)


round the world, millions of innocent children are killed, orphaned or left homeless because of war. Last year music icon Quincy Jones and Ambassador Uri Savir founded We Are the Future on one simple philosophy: give children the tools to create better lives and a peaceful world is possible. Abandon them, and the cycle of poverty and violence will continue.
On May 16, 2004, We Are the Future will launch with a spectacular concert from the Circus Maximus in Rome. Music legends, world-class athletes, celebrities and artists from around the globe will gather for a four hour mega-concert to raise money and give voice to the children struggling to survive. All net proceeds from the concert will be used to build Child Centers in war-torn communities, providing proper nutrition, life-saving vaccines, and basic healthcare. Once a child is strong enough, they can learn computer skills, enroll in sports, music, and arts programs, and find out how to grow crops that provide essential nutrients year after year. We Are the Future is committed to inspiring the young survivors who still have hope, and giving them back the opportunity to make their dreams a reality. Every voice counts, and we need yours


ALL-STAR INTERNATIONAL LINEUP TO PERFORM AT THE WE ARE THE FUTURE HISTORIC MUSICAL EVENT IN ROME, ITALY: MUHAMMAD ALI, PATTI AUSTIN, NATALIE COLE, JOSH GROBAN, HERBIE HANCOCK, ANGELINA JOLIE, ALICIA KEYS, LL COOL J, LIONEL RICHIE, STOMP, BEN TAYLOR, CHRIS TUCKER, USHER AND OPRAH WINFREY ARE MONG AMERICAN PARTICIPANTS

QUINCY JONES, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR LOUIS J. HORVITZ, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR

New York, New York (April 14, 2004) - On May 16, 2004, many of the world's greatest performers are gathering at Rome's historic Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus) to partake in the WE ARE THE FUTURE Concert, a spectacular musical event that will launch an innovative program aimed at securing a better future for children and young people in post-conflict areas.

The super-star lineup of international artists includes: Muhammad Ali, Patti Austin, Andrea Bocelli, Cirque Du Soleil, Natalie Cole, Carmen Consoli, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Angelina Jolie, Juanes, Kazem Al Sahir, Alicia Keys, Khaled, Angelique Kidjo, LL Cool J, Youssou N'Dour, Noa, Lionel Richie, Caiphus Semenya and the Soundz of South Afrika, Simon Shaheen, Stomp (Cast), Riffat Sultana, Take 6, Tarkan, Ben Taylor, Chris Tucker, Usher and Oprah Winfrey. Additional names to be announced shortly.

Music icon Quincy Jones, in partnership with Hani Masri from Nablus, Palestine - who continuously plays an important role in the Middle East - The Glocal Forum, a Rome-based NGO promoting city-to-city networks led by Israeli Peace Negotiator Uri Savir, and the Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, will present the WE ARE THE FUTURE Concert. This monumental evening co-produced and co-organized by the City of Rome and led by Quincy Jones will be a globally telecast concert. The free event will kick off the WE ARE THE FUTURE program, and takes place in conjunction with the Third Annual Glocalization Conference of the Glocal Forum where key stakeholders will discuss program implementation (www.wearethefuture.com).


In May 2004 Noa performed in "We Are the Future": a globally telecast fund raising concert for children in conflict areas. The event, which was produced by Quincy Jones and hosted by the mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, featured an international line-up of stars and performers such as Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Chris Tucker, Naomi Campbell and Serena Williams, Patti Austin, Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Carmen Consoli, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Stomp, Take 6, Angelique Kidjo and others. The concert was performed live in front of an audience of 350,000 in Rome's "Circo Massimo", and broadcast on MTV, VH1 and various other channels to millions more around the world. (this performance was held during Noa's 6th month of pregnancy!)

1 May 2004

Noa's performance at Euroleague Final Four, Tel Aviv (Israel)






Noa and Gil, together with the Israeli group "Mayumana", gave an amazing joint performance between the two final games of the Euro-league basketball championship, May 1st


31 January 2004

Noa's concert in los Llanos de Aridane,(Canary Island, Israel)

Noa's concert in los Llanos de Aridane, Canary Island Jan 2004

Organizado por el Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Los Llanos de Aridane, Noa actúa en Los Llanos de Aridane procedente de Granada (actúa el día 29) y Barcelona (actúa el día 30). El concierto cuenta con el Patrocinio del Excmo. Cabildo Insular de La Palma y la colaboración de Multicines Millenium y Cajacanarias. La Producción corre a cargo de Afonía Record´s.
APUNTES SOBRE NOA

Achinoam Nini (hermana de la paz en hebreo) - conocida como Noa- nació en Israel el 23 de Junio de 1969. Cuando sólo tenía un año su padre (ingeniero químico) y su madre (psicóloga infantil) emigran a Estados Unidos para finalizar su formación. La familia se trasladó a Nueva York, estableciéndose en el Bronx. Con 8 años ya empezaba a componer sus primeras melodías y cuando tenía 17 decidió dejar la Escuela de Artes Interpretativas de Nueva York para trasladarse a Israel, donde meses atrás había conocido a Asher Barak su actual marido.

A los 17 años abandona Estados Unidos e ingresa en las fuerzas armadas de Israel para cumplir con el servicio militar obligatorio. Noa aterriza en una división que se encargaba de entretener a la tropa. Los siguientes dos años los pasa recorriendo Israel en calidad de "sargento vocalista".

Su encuentro con Gil Dor fue crucial en su carrera. Dor es un virtuoso guitarrista y compositor, además de cofundador de la Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, de la que Noa era alumna desde 1990. Noa y Gil comenzaron a trabajar como dúo y publicaron dos albumes cantados en hebreo, uno con standars de jazz, pop y rock (Achinoam Nini Gil Dor Live 1991) y otro con poemas de célebres poetisas israelíes (Achinoam Nini Gil Dor 1993), que llegó a ser Disco de Platino en Israel.

Fue entonces cuando Dor enseñó al guitarrista Pat Metheny algunos de sus temas y éste a su vez se los presentó a Geffen Records. Metheny coprodujo, junto a su socio y amigo Steve Rodby, el album NOA en 1993 y cuya repercusión internacional no se hizo esperar. Japón, Italia, Francia, España y por fin, EE.UU. se rindieron a la magia de Noa. Su segundo trabajo internacional (con canciones principalmente compuestas en inglés fue "CALLING" producido por Rupert Hine en su estudio cercano a París, y en él intervinieron además de Dor y Hine, músicos como Menu Katche y Pino Palladino o Nacho Campillo (con quien había colaborado cantando en "Rosas de Papel"). El aterrizaje de Noa en España presentando Calling tuvo lugar en 1996.

Pasaron 4 años de mutismo internacional en la carrera de Noa; ella y Gil llevan dos carreras paralelas, una más internacional (Noa, Calling, Blue touches Blue) y otra más local para el mercado israelí: Achinoam Nini (1997) y Achinoam Nini & The Israel Philarmonic Orchestra (1998). Al mismo tiempo incrementa sus lucha en favor de la paz entre Israelíes y Palestinos, marcada por el asesinato de Yitzhak Rabin a quien dedica varias canciones a lo largo de su carrera.

En esos años sus apariciones en Europa (especialmente en Francia) son numerosas. Participa en la grabación del musical "Notre Dame de Paris" (1997) basado en la obra de Victor Hugo interpretando a la zíngara Esmeralda. Sus colaboraciones en el programa musical Taratata de France2 son numerosas: actúa con Donovan, Patrick Bruel, Zucchero, Maurane, Khaled (con quien graba una versión en hebreo y árabe del clásico de Lennon "Imagine")... gran parte de su fama en el país galo la debe a su dúo con Flaurent Pagny interpretando "I don't know"en Taratata.

En España colabora con Carlos Nuñez (a quien conoció en el WOMAD) interpretando "A lavandeira da Noite" en su album Os Amores Libres. En esa misma época conoce a Miguel Bosé que dirige un programa en TVE (7º de Caballeria) muy similar al Taratata francés y le invita a colaborar en el homenaje a Serrat. Años más tarde el propio Bosé le dedica un programa a Noa con motivo de la presentación de su album "Blue Touches Blue" y allí tras hacer dúos con él, Carlos Nuñez, Serrat y Marina Heredia, surgió la oportunidad de cantar juntos en español un tema adaptado por el dúo Maldeamores: se trata de la versión en español de la BSO de la película "La vida es bella". Con este dúo Noa se atreve por vez primera a cantar en español. Ya lo había hecho antes en francés y en contadas ocasiones en italiano.

En la misma edición española de su Blue Touches Blue (2000) se incluye otra adaptación en castellano: "Uno queriendo ser dos". "Blue Touches Blue" fue definido por la propia Noa como ese punto en el horizonte en el que se unen el cielo y el mar. Dos polos opuestos que se unen, lo racional y lo irracional. Es un título de esperanza y libertad, con una Noa que se ha dejado llevar en este álbum por la producción de Mike Hedges, pero que sigue siendo a fiel a un estilo propio, a la fuerza de una voz prodigiosa, cálida y una azotea más que bien amueblada. Noa & Gil Dor son (además de gente sencilla, accesible, cálida y acogedora) de esos pocos creadores con talento capaces de acariciar emociones con una música de alta calidad, hacer llegar un mensaje de paz y entendimiento... o maravillarte con la capacidad de una voz sensible y sin estridencias, casi pura y el virtuosismo de una guitarra. Allí donde van Noa & Gil les acompaña la magia. En 2002 Noa publica "NOW", del que dice " Escribí "Now" durante el embarazo y primer año de vida de Ayehli, mi hijo. Es un viaje que me ha transportado de donde quiera que estuviera a donde estoy ahora (NOW): una pequeña isla en un vasto océano de dudas.

Los Llanos de Aridane, 26 de enero de 2004.