Performance Notes

Noa with Gil Dor and Aviva Chernick

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

This is the 662nd concert in Koerner Hall


Noa, vocals & congas

Gil Dor, guitar & vocals     


Aviva Chernick, vocals   

Aaron Lightstone, guitar & oud

Justin Gray, bass, bass veena & Tibetan singing bowls




Achinoam Nini (known also as Noa), is Israeli-born of Yemenite origin and raised in the USA. She now resides in Israel with her husband and three children, and is one of Israel’s leading international singer/songwriter. Having shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and many more, she is Israel’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. She was also given the honorary title of Cavalliera de la Republica Italiana by Italy’s former President Napolitano and is the recipient of the Chrystal Award of the World Economic Forum, where she was also chosen a Global Leader of Tomorrow.

                Together with her longstanding collaborator Gil Dor, Noa has released over 15 albums which have sold millions the world over. She was the first Jew to perform in the Vatican 20 years ago and has done so many times since. She wrote lyrics to and recorded the enormously successful theme song for the Academy Award-winning film, La Vita è Bella.

                Noa sings in six languages, has collaborated with Symphony Orchestras around the world, and performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including the White House. Beyond her passionate commitment to music, Noa dedicates much of her time to promoting peace and dialogue between Israel and Palestine and to various social issues, volunteering extensively for organizations in these fields. She has collaborated with numerous artists in the Arab world, most notably with Israeli/Palestinian artist Mira Awad, with whom she represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision, singing in Arabic, English, and Hebrew.


Gil Dor                                                                                                          

Gil Dor was born in Israel in 1952 and studied classical guitar with the late Menashe Bakish, one of Israel’s foremost master guitarists. He served in the Israeli army as a musician in an entertainment unit from 1971 to 1974 and, following his military service, he continued his studies in the USA, concentrating on jazz at Berklee College in Boston and on classical theory and composition at Queens College in New York.

                Upon returning to Israel in 1981, Dor established himself as a guitarist as well as an arranger/composer performing live jazz and rock and recording with leading artists. During 1983 and 1984, he taught jazz improvisation and guitar at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and, in 1985, he co-founded the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Ramat Hasharon. There, in his capacity as academic director for five years, he developed and wrote many core curriculum as well as advanced courses. He also founded the school’s computer-aided music program and developed a unique music notation application using one of the earliest softwares. During the next five-year period, he performed in jazz festivals promoting different original projects in Israel and in Europe. In 1990, he started an artistic collaboration with Achinoam Nini, a talented Rimon student, now internationally known as Noa, and together they have performed on the world’s most prestigious stages. Gil Dor is Noa’s Musical and Artistic Director, as well as co-writer arranger, producer, and guitarist.


Aviva Chernick                                                                                           

Aviva Chernick garnered critical acclaim and a devoted following as the charismatic lead singer of the twice Juno Award nominated Canadian world music group, Jaffa Road. Now, with her eponymous solo project, she has revealed stunning range in her musical persona. Inspired by her work as a cantorial singer and Ba’alat Tefilah (prayer leader), and by her study of the Balkan Judeo-Spanish tradition under the tutelage of American national treasure, Flory Jagoda, she has crafted a unique new sound defined by her distinctive vocal presence. Her first CD release was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award. Ms. Chernick integrates all of her skills into the facilitation of workshops and private teaching, bringing her unique approach to freeing the voice to diverse communities around the globe. In this concert, she is joined by Aaron Lightstone and Justin Gray of Jaffa Road.


Aaron Lightstone is multi-instrumentalist and composer, best known as the founder of Jaffa Road and for his work as a music therapist in the field of neurologic rehabilitation for people with brain injuries and neuro-degenerative illnesses.


Justin Gray is a bassist, composer, and educator who received the emerging Jazz Artist Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation in 2015. He is the first artist to invent, co-create, and perform with the bass veena, an instrument designed for Indian classical and Indo-jazz performance.


Noa, Gil Dor, and Aviva Chernick are making their Royal Conservatory debuts tonight.