Noa       

I was born in Israel in 1969. My roots stretch back to the ancient jewish community in Yemen. My grandparents moved to Israel in the 1920s where my parents were born. When I was two years old my parents moved to the Bronx, New York, where I ended up spending the first 16 years of my life. I returned to Israel alone, for love, at the age of 17. 

I spent two years in the Israeli military, singing for soldiers, then a year at the 'Rimon' School of Music where I met Gil Dor. Gil was teaching a few of my courses, and he made an incredible impression on me as a musician and a human being. We did one duet concert in 1990 in a festival in Tel-Aviv. It was one of the most exciting nights of my life. Gil Dor and I have been working together ever since. 

I started singing when I was three. My parents put me on a table with a carrot in my hand as a microphone. I was writing songs at age seven, about god, cockroaches, trees and love. I have been writing songs (the content of which changes as I do...) and singing them ever since. I consider that an incredible privilege. 

My career together with Gil Dor has taken me through three international albums, four Israeli albums, hundreds of concerts throughout the world and endless encounters with remarkable people. I have sung for the Pope, Bill Clinton, Steven Spielberg and Yitzhak Rabin to name a few, 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. I consider that an incredible privilege.

My strongest musical influences have been singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchel, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon. I love poetry, especially e.e. Cummings and Octavio Paz. 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. 

On march 21st, 2001, I became a mother. My son Ayehli was born on the first day of spring, and from the moment I laid eyes on him my life has changed dramatically and irrevocably. Bearing, birthing and raising Ayehli has been the most challenging and beautiful experience of my life. I have been driven to every type of extreme: love, pain, patience, fatigue, strength, renewal and love again and again. A tornado of tenderness, worry, passion, compassion, and selflessness has enveloped my life and swept me far far away. Ayehli, cherokee for 'my other wing', has taught me so much about myself and the world it is overwhelming. Being his mother is perhaps the greatest privilege of all. 

 

Noa
july 2002