Noa Sings Letters to Bach
Noa’s new project, Letters to Bach, is composed of 12 pieces of Johann Sebastian Bach’s instrumental music, for which she has written English and Hebrew lyrics, inspired by subjects as diverse as technology, religion, global warming, feminism, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The project, whose executive producer is Quincy Jones, features arrangements by Gil Dor, a guitarist, composer, and educator who has been Noa’s longtime musical collaborator; and Israeli bassist Or Lubianiker. The trio’s performances are beautiful, with Noa’s voice soaring majestically and skipping playfully between the notes, intertwining with Dor’s guitar and illuminating Bach’s brilliant polyphony.
Noa, whose full name is Achinoam Nini, was born in Israel of Yemenite origin, was raised in the United States, and now resides in Israel with her husband and three children. She is Israel’s leading international singer-songwriter, and has shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Andrea Bocelli.
Together with Dor, Noa has released more than 15 albums that have sold millions worldwide. She wrote lyrics and recorded the hugely successful theme song for the Academy Award–winning film La Vita e Bella, and the award-winning Luc Besson film Jeanne d’Arc. She sings in six languages, has collaborated with symphony orchestras around the world, and performed in prestigious venues such as the White House and Carnegie Hall.