21 October 2010
Appuntamento a Roma con il concerto di Noa il 21 ottobre 2010 all’Auditorium Parco della Musica. La cantante israeliana sarà la protagonista del concerto benefico organizzato dall’Adei-Wizo, Associazione Donne Ebree d’Italia con il patrocinio di Regione Lazio, Provincia di Roma
Comune di Roma. La serata è destinata alla raccolta fondi per il progetto “Warm Home” (il calore di casa) rivolto a bambine e ragazze che non hanno una famiglia, vivono ai margini della società con grosse difficoltà, con il rischio di trovarsi a vivere in ambienti pericolosi.
L’Adei-Wizo, o.n.g. fondata nel 1927, presente nell’Unione Europea e all’O.N.U attraverso la Wizo (organizzazione di volontariato femminile internazionale ebraica) contribuisce al sostegno di opere sociali in Italia e in Israele con asili nido, rifugi per donne maltrattate, centri per anziani e per giovani disadattati al fine di aiutare i cittadini israeliani in difficoltà, siano essi ebrei, cristiani, arabi, beduini, drusi o circassi. Con le sue molteplici attività, raccoglie donazioni totalmente destinate a scopi benefici che oltre a migliorare le condizioni di vita dei più deboli, favoriscono la conoscenza reciproca delle diverse etnie contribuendo alla coesistenza pacifica di tutti i componenti della società israeliana.
Data: giovedì, 21 ottobre 2010
Sede dell'evento: Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Sinopoli
Indirizzo: viale Pietro de Coubertin
Ingresso: 25€ – 30€
Roma, 17 ottobre 2010 - Musica e beneficenza sono tradizionalmente un connubio fortunato. La splendida voce di Noa sarà protagonista del concerto benefico organizzato giovedì 21 dall'Adei-Wizo, Associazione Donne Ebree d'Italia, presso la Sala Sinopoli dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica.
L’incasso della serata è destinato alla raccolta fondi per il progetto “Warm Home -Il calore di casa” rivolto a bambine e ragazze che non hanno una famiglia, vivono ai margini della società con grosse difficoltà, con il rischio di trovarsi a vivere in ambienti pericolosi.
L'Adei-Wizo, è una O.n.g. fondata nel 1927, presente nell' Unione Europea e all' O.N.U attraverso la Wizo -organizzazione di volontariato femminile internazionale ebraica- contribuisce al sostegno di opere sociali in Italia e in Israele con asili nido, rifugi per donne maltrattate, centri per anziani e per giovani disadattati al fine di aiutare i cittadini israeliani in difficoltà, siano essi ebrei, cristiani, arabi, beduini, drusi o circassi.
Una serata all’insegna della solidarietà, che sarà anche una ghiotta occasione per apprezzare la versatilità della voce cristallina ed emozionante di Noa. Quest’ultimo è, in realtà, il nome d’arte di Achinoam Nimi, che in ebraico vuol dire “sorella della pace”. Un nome che suona quasi profetico, infatti Noa si è distinta, fin dagli esordi, per il suo appassionato impegno civile a favore della pace in Medioriente.
Nel 1994 è la prima cantante ebrea ad esibirsi, in Piazza San Pietro, davanti a Papa Giovanni Paolo II, al quale dedica una “Ave Maria” da brividi. Nello stesso anno è la prima cantante israeliana ad essere invitata al Festival Palestinese di Nazareth. Noa è ambasciatrice della Fao nel mondo e ha partecipato a numerosi concerti umanitari, come il “We are the future” del 2004 organizzato da Quincy Jones e il “Live 8”del 2005, tenuti entrambi a Roma. D’altra parte la cantante ha un rapporto privilegiato col nostro paese, tanto che nel 2000 ha ricevuto la cittadinanza onoraria di Melpignano, un piccolo comune salentino famoso per il Festival della Taranta. Sempre in Italia, in particolare a Catania e a Gibellina, viene invitata a cantare, nel 1992, per la prima volta fuori dai confini di Israele, trovando una calorosa e inaspettata accoglienza.
Due anni dopo esce “Noa”, l’album di debutto prodotto dal grande chitarrista Pat Metheny, che la mette in luce come una delle più promettenti interpreti della world music. Il felice connubio tra pop, rock, jazz e suggestioni mediorientali si ripete anche in “Calling” del 1996 e in “Blue touches blue” del 2000.
Tra i due album Noa canta in “Notre Dame de Paris” di Cocciante, in “Dimmi cosa succede sulla terra” di Pino Daniele e partecipa come ospite al Festival di Sanremo con “Beautiful that way”, la toccante canzone sul tema de “La vita è bella”, che le hanno commissionato Roberto Benigni e Nicola Piovani.
Negli ultimi anni ha duettato con artisti del calibro di Stevie Wonder, Santana, Joan Baez e Khaled. Dal 2003 Noa è accompagnata stabilmente nei suoi concerti dalla Solis String Quartet, un quartetto d’archi che ha collaborato con i più grandi cantanti italiani, insieme al quale ha partecipato al Festival di Sanremo del 2006 con “Un discorso in generale”, che, pur non qualificandosi per la fase finale, si è aggiudicato il Premio della Critica.
Auditorium - Parco della Musica, viale Pietro De Coubertin 30, Sala Sinopoli, giovedì 21 ottobre h 21, biglietti da € 25 a € 30, info 06 5814464
19 October 2010
The IPO gave a concert last night on the walls of Acco under the baton of Zubin Mehta, with the participation of Ahinoam Nini and Mira Awad. The festive concert saluting the city of Acco has already become a yearly tradition in Acco. The idea behind the project, which aims to promote tolerance and mutual respect in the city, came from senior businessmen.
The IPO played Mozartís Concerto No. 5 in A major for violin and orchestra (known as the ìTurkish Concertoî). Singers Ahinoam Nini and Mira Awad then took the stage and sang special arrangements of three duets. The IPO musicians returned and ended the evening with a performance of Beethovenís Symphony No. 7 in A major (Opus 92). A dazzling display of fireworks sponsored by the city of Acco concluded the event.
17 October 2010
Achinoam Nini (Noa) is an Israeli icon: a singer, composer and lyricist of world stature who is as passionate and principled as she is talented. Her musical achievements are the stuff of legend. She has sung for the Pope, performed with the Israeli Philharmonic and the Solis String Quartet, at the Eurovision song contest together with Mira Awad, with Sting and with Stevie Wonder, at Carnegie Hall and at a Sacred Music Festival in Fez … where not? On October 17, ESRA supporters will have a chance to hear her too, as she performs in a not-to-be-missed benefit concert at the Tel Aviv Opera House.
Today, Nini lives in Israel in a house by the sea filled with color, bright, primitive paintings, toys and many books – a contrast to her early life, which was spent overseas. The ethnic influences on her life and style are so varied that it's easy to understand why Nini describes her childhood as "quite a confusing one, though happy, actually." Born to Israeli parents of Yemenite origin who moved to the US when she was two, she grew up always feeling a little different. The other students at the yeshiva school she attended in New York were mainly of Ashkenazi origin, and – another dichotomy – her family was traditional, but not religious. After school, she played with the Puerto Rican and African-American kids in the neighborhood. "It's no wonder" she says with that familiar wide smile, that "I had to deal with an identity crisis."
Precocious in music, Nini found an outlet in song-writing and singing. At the age of seven, she joined the school choir led by Avshalom Katz, who was to prove one of the great influences on her life. Katz not only taught his choir wonderful songs, but also "inspired us to rise to the occasion of music." Moreover, he took Nini's talent seriously, and when she was 12, he arranged for her to record her compositions.
But then, life took another tangent. On a hiking trip on a visit to Israel, Nini fell in love. She was 16; he was 21. She left school and followed him to Israel, because she believed then, as she does now, that "love is the greatest driving force in the world." Many parents would have had a fit, but hers were Zionists who had always intended to return to Israel, and she believes, "in some ways, they were proud that I managed to do what they couldn't at the time."
Nini certainly has never had cause to regret her decision (though, she admits, she might not be so willing herself to let her own children leave school and run off to another country.) Today, she and her former boyfriend, who is now her husband, Dr. Asher Barak, have three children, Ayehli, Enea and Yum.
After finishing high school at a boarding school in Jerusalem, Nini served in an IDF military entertainment unit. She had planned to study music at Julliard, but that would have meant leaving her boyfriend, so she attended the Rimon School of Music instead, majoring in composition and vocal training. One of her teachers was Gil Dor, the greatest musical influence on her life. Their success took off after they gave a collaborative teacher-student performance in Tel Aviv which resulted in a recording deal with Geffen Records. "We were on our way," she says. The collaboration has lasted 20 years.
Nini's style is not easy to categorize. Her beautiful mellow voice lends itself to ballads, to jazz, blues, Rhythm & Blues and to ethnic and classical influences. Among the singer-composers who have influenced her songs are the great talents of the sixties, such as Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, who sing, as she does, "from the gut." In Hebrew, a major influence has been Leah Goldberg, whose songs she has recorded.
It's been noted that she has sometimes been perceived as more successful overseas than at home. To Nini, the main reason is that Israel has a smaller population, and she is not the kind of singer who appeals to the masses. "If you're living for art, you're appreciated by fewer people. I couldn't fill a stadium and I wouldn’t want to." Also, "my natural multiculturalism is embraced by Europeans, but here, people don't really know how to swallow how I fuse languages. It doesn't fit into the consensus." Nevertheless, songs like 'Bo'i Kallah' are Hebrew classics.
Overseas, she is a genuine star. One of the highlights of her career was her performance of 'Ave Maria' before Pope John Paul II, a live audience of 100,000 and a television audience of millions. The engagement came about through a fortuitous piece of luck.
"I had recorded a version of 'Ave Maria' with original lyrics for my album 'Noa' as a prayer for peace. The lyrics are ecumenical, in fact, iconoclastic, although most people missed that. One of the organizers of a concert which was being planned at the Vatican in honor of the Year of the Family happened to come across one of my albums and thought the cover photo of me was interesting. He turned it over and saw that I had recorded 'Ave Maria,' so he listened to it and liked it. That concert established me as a person who had something to say that was universal."
Nini met the Pope not just once, but several times – ("I think he liked me.") She certainly was taken by him. "He spoke highly of Israel in such an openminded way. He was just what a religious leader should be. He really believed that the breaking of barriers in religion would bring peace."
Another song that resonated internationally was the theme from the movie 'Life is Beautiful,' whose English lyrics she wrote. Says Nini, "I'm good with things that have a deeper meaning. I just can't do a pop song without a higher level of dealing with life."
That extends to other things she believes in, such as peace and co-existence. Nini, who sang at the fateful rally in 1995 minutes before Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, has often collaborated with Arab and Palestinian artists and has worked on many occasions with the Peres Center for Peace. Her dedication has been recognized by the award of many international prizes, including the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Gemona Seminar prize for artistic excellence and The Italian Stella de la Republica award. She has also been appointed Good Will ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. "I have a sense of injustice," she says. "That’s why I'm here."
It has sometimes led to controversy. During the Gaza war in 2009, she felt that "things were starting to get distorted. I started seeing a demonization of Israel in every sense and I felt that a sense of balance was needed." She wrote an open letter urging Israel to get rid of Hamas, which was misinterpreted by some Palestinians as an attack on innocent civilians. In her response, she wrote, "I am sorry for every innocent life lost on both sides of the fence… I call on all people to listen to all sides with an open heart free from prejudice… Let's show the beauty of all cultures, the wisdom of all religions, and the human, compassionate face of mankind."
A passionate, courageous person who believes strongly in equality and the possibility of peace, she denies that she is in any way naïve. "On the contrary, those who do nothing are the naïve ones." And she is cautiously optimistic. "There has been progress," she maintains.
So, life is beautiful? She smiles as she gets up to feed her baby daughter. "Life is beautiful."
ESRA volunteers proved, once again, that as a team they can pull off a major event successfully and make it look so very easy.
On October 17, ESRA cooked up a storm. The ingredients were all there: a gala evening with internationally acclaimed singer Achinoam Nini always promised to be special; Gil Dor’s guitar would delight; the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ilan Mochiach would add depth and drama; and Haim Yavin, Mr. News himself, would guide us through the evening with clarity and panache.
So what made this event special? Quite simply it was the “ESRA” component. It all started outside the magnificent Opera House as people greeted one another as they entered and mingled in the foyer as if going to some class reunion. There was an air of excitement and anticipation as people saw familiar faces. Everyone knew someone and the air buzzed with warmth and belongingness. As the lights dimmed we were taken on a guided journey through a potted history of ESRA, its achievements and projects. A short, concise film was screened which illustrated some of the ways in which ESRA makes a difference in the community at large. Even the film itself was a credit to the volunteers who made it and showed us all that Esravision has “come of age”. Nina Zuck, ESRA’s co-chair, appealed to the audience to continue supporting ESRA’s work – as if we needed convincing! Her charm and modest words were capped by the sweet voices and performance of the Hefzibah choir. These young Ethiopian girls, who participate in our choir in Netanya and are led by Eva De Mayo and Yevgeny Mishkov, caused the 1600 people in the audience to marvel at their achievements after such a short time together. I was sitting near their parents who could be heard 'kvelling' as their daughters sang on stage at the Israel Opera House. If that wasn’t enough, they later sang with Achinoam Nini, who was gracious in sharing stage and song, and even comforted one of the girls after she slipped and fell.
The main program was great. Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor, supported by the Israel Chamber Orchestra, selected a repertoire with something for everyone as she sang some of her better known songs (Bo’i Kala and Keren Or), a taste of Italy (Santa Lucia), a touch of opera (Rossini), jazz (My Funny Valentine) and some of her personal favorites from different periods of her life. Her stories of her grandmother, mother and voice teachers, and of her deep love and appreciation of them, revealed the depth of her humaneness and spirituality.
She concluded her performance with Beautiful Life. How apt for such a wonderful, impressive and entertaining evening.
Congratulations to the organizing committee who, yet again, have set new and higher standards for our ESRA events.
14 October 2010
You do not often see guests dancing at an Anglo-Jewish charity dinner.
But many were on their feet at the New Israel Fund's annual Human Rights awards on Sunday to celebrate this year's winners: Israeli singers Noa and Mira.
The duo, Achinoam Nini who is Jewish and Mira Awad who is Arab, represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision song contest. They had been due to perform in London earlier this year at the Zionist Federation's Israel Independence concert but Ms Arad withdrew amid political controversy.
But there were no such inhibitions as Mira and Noa took to the stage to entertain 300 guests in the art deco Bloomsbury Ballroom.
By the time they finished their set with a barnstorming version of The Beatles' We Can Work It Out, most of the large contingent from the NIF's younger New Generation group were bopping at the back, joined by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner who was unable to resist the beat.
Jane Grabiner, host for the evening, said: "For the first time, we are focussing on those who use the arts to advocate for human and civil rights, and for dialogue and co-existence in Israel."
Sir Ronald Harwood, the playwright, presenting the awards, said that Noa and Mira had used "their enormous musical talent and friendship to promote dialogue and peace".
Also recognised with an award was Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann whose documentaries have ranged from disaffected Jewish youth to attempts to set up a binational Jewish-Arab school in Israel. One of his films followed the lives of a group of Filipino transvestites who work as carers of elderly Orthodox men in Israel - prompting Sir Ronald to quip: "Nice work if you can get it!"
Guests included actors David and Clive Swift, Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman and Reform movement head Rabbi Tony Bayfield and chairman Stephen Moss. One of the night's other attractions was the catering - by fashionable London-based Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi, whose business partner Sami Tamimi is a Palestinian from East Jerusalem.
Noa and Mira Awad who represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with their song “There must be another way”, have won the New Israel Fund’s annual Human rights award. Achinoam Nini (Noa) who is Jewish and Mira Awad who is Arab, sung their song in Hebrew, Arab and English to send a sign of hope in times of rising tensions in the Middle East. There had been protests from both fundamental Jews and fundamental Palestinians who both claimed, that Awad and Nini were traitors of their respective people. They had been due to perform in London earlier this year at the Zionist Federation’s Israel Independence concert but Ms Arad withdrew amid political controversy. Jane Grabiner, host for the evening, said: “For the first time, we are focussing on those who use the arts to advocate for human and civil rights, and for dialogue and co-existence in Israel.” Sir Ronald Harwood, the playwright, presenting the awards, said that Noa and Mira had used“their enormous musical talent and friendship to promote dialogue and peace”. At the ceremony they performed a rendition of The Beatles’ song “We can work it out"
2 October 2010
Noa in concerto in Italia: Festival Francescano di Reggio Emilia il 2 ottobre; Auditorium di Roma il 21 ottobre
30 SETTEMBRE 2010
di Giusi Meister
Concerto di Noa al Festival Francescano di Reggio Emilia
Sabato 2 ottobre ore 21, Reggio Emilia, Piazza della Vittoria (o, in caso di pioggia, al Teatro Ariosto)
L’evento più significativo del Festival Francescano di Reggio Emilia è certamente il grande concerto della cantante israeliana Noa. L’interprete della celeberrima colonna sonora del film “La vita è bella” si esibirà con le canzoni che l’hanno resa famosa in tutto il mondo. Sempre pronta a spendere la sua arte per il dialogo di pace, Noa ha interpretato testi di grande profondità come “Shalom” (dall’album Gold) o “We” (dall’album “Now”), sino ad essere nominata, nel 2003, Ambasciatrice di buona volontà dalla FAO. Nel 2006, l’artista ha partecipato al Festival di Sanremo conquistando il Premio della Critica.
Come tutte le iniziative del festival francescano, il concerto è a ingresso libero.
Il programma completo del festival:
Website di Noa:
Concerto del 21 ottobre all’Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma
Noa si esibirà il prossimo 21 ottobre a Roma per il concerto benefico organizzato dall’ADEI-WIZO – l’Associazione Donne Ebree d’Italia.
La serata ha come obiettivo la raccolta di fondi per il progetto Warm House rivolto a bambine e ragazze che non hanno una casa e che vivono in contesti sociali difficili ed in territori di guerra.
Un’occasione per ascoltare della buona musica e contribuire a migliorare la condizione di chi è più in difficoltà di noi.
Il concerto si terrà il 21 ottobre all’interno dell’Auditorium Parco della Musica.
I prezzi dei biglietti vanno da € 25 a € 30.