Music

Noa’s arc, from Bronx to South Bank

By Nick Johnstone, May 23, 2008

Israel’s most famous singer is back with a new album and a rare London concert.

Seventeen years into her career as Israel’s best- known musical export, Achinoam Nini (aka Noa) is showing no signs of slowing down. To date, she has sung for the Pope at the Vatican, for President Clinton at the White House, toured with Sting, witnessed first-hand the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and released roughly a dozen albums, all featuring her trademark Joni-Mitchell-in-Tel-Aviv songwriting style. And now comes her latest offering, Genes and Jeans.

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It's Sacks, bagels and rock 'n roll

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2008

In the same London studio in which the cream of British pop urged us to feed the world for Band Aid 24 years ago, a new anthem was being prepared this week.

But instead of Bob Geldof, George Michael and Sting, cue a trio of chazans, the men of the Shabbaton Choir, a couple of dozen pupils from the Moriah Jewish Day School from Harrow and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

For an Anglo-Jewish gathering, the studios of leading producer Trevor Horn in bohemian Ladbroke Grove may have been off the beaten track.

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Playing with destiny

By Rodney Greenberg, May 2, 2008

Raphael Wallfisch only found out he will star in the ‘most significant’ concert of his life when he saw the posters. Luckily, he’s available, he tells Rodney Greenberg

A friend told me: ‘Did you know you are playing Schelomo at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on May 8?’ She showed me a leaflet. I said: ‘I hope I’m free.’”


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Chief joins Trevor Horn for a kosher Live Aid

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

Look out, Sir Bob Geldof. The Chief Rabbi is to make a live recording of his recently released CD, Israel — Home of Hope, in the original studio used to record Live Aid.

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He scores emotions

By Mark Glanville, April 18, 2008

The world-renowned composer Osvaldo Golijov was slammed by UK critics for ‘sentimentality’. He tells Mark Glanville why feelings are key to his music

He can certainly pull them in,” remarks a well-known figure on the international opera stage surveying the packed Barbican Hall in London. Ninety minutes later, many of the audience are on their feet, paying tribute to the music of Osvaldo Golijov, the Argentinian-Jewish composer whose opera Ainadamar was given its first UK performance in a concert version this month.

Ladino's young flame

By Lawrence Joffe, April 18, 2008

Mor Karbasi chooses to sing in a dying tongue — but her performance is powerfully life-affirming

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Review: Israel - Home Of Hope

By Paul Lester, April 11, 2008

He chose the music, wrote the words and even does (spoken) vocals. The Chief Rabbi plays a huge role in making the Israel tribute CD a success

Various Artists

The Office of The Chief Rabbi

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Maria friedman re-arranged

April 11, 2008

Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1


Down-to-earth diva Maria Friedman — a refugee from big-production musicals like Chicago — performs a personal selection of show tunes and ballads, including numbers by Sondheim, Bernstein, and even Kate Bush. “I just want to find pockets of emotion,” she says. They are not so much pockets as fathom-deep wells.

Until May 4; Tel: 020 7907 7060

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Lalo Schifrin: Playing Mission: Impossible

By David Lasserson, April 4, 2008

Lalo Schifrin writes hit TV and movie themes, and plays everything from jazz to symphonies.

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The hippies whp are hip

By Paul Lester, March 20, 2008

MGMT, aka Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, are — despite themselves — this year’s hottest US rock band

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