NOA'S ARK FESTIVAL
Founded in 2022 by Noa and Gil Dor, in collaboration with the city of Arona and the region of Piemonte, produced by Pompeo Benincasa of Catania Jazz, Noa’s long standing agent, friend, and collaborator of 31 years.
Noa’s Ark Festival is part of the larger vision of Noa’s Ark
The idea behind Noa’s Ark Festival is the coupling of art, culture and science promoting equality, solidarity, compassion, generosity, kindness, caring and the ”one-ness” of all living things. We see music as a bridge, a sail a hand outreached, a light in the darkness….
We aim to arouse the audience’s curiosity and create a conversation surrounding topics of concern to the international community that the concerts bring to the foreground of our consciousness.
Tickets to Noa’s Ark Festival are offered at a very affordable price, making the musical and cultural sessions accessible to all: https://www.diyticket.it/festivals/313/larca-di-noa-festival
Noa’s Ark 2023 program
THURSDAY, JUNE 22nd 21:00
CLASSICAL MUSIC BY MOTHER,
DAUGHTER AND MAGICIAN
HILA KARNI and LIR VAGINSKY
SPECIAL GUEST NOA
Our first evening is dedicated to classical music performed by musical giants.
It is the ultimate wish of every composer to leave a legacy worthy of gracing human culture and the dream of every performer to be worthy of performing such legacy.
Hila Karni is a stunning, Tel Aviv born cellist of international
acclaim. A guest at numerous international festivals like Schleswig-
Holstein, Stresa, and Ravinia.
Hila performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world
like Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Palais
de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus in Vienna and Wigmore Hall
in London.Among her many musical partners are, Guy Braunstein, NigelKennedy, Ralf Gothoni, Bernard Greenhouse,Maxim Vengerov and Noa.
Lir Vaginsky, Hila Karni’s daughter, is a prodigious violin player,
laureate of the Ysaye, Young Paganini and the Grand Prize Virtuoso
International Music Competitions.
She was also awarded first prize and special prizes at the German national ”Jugend musiziert” competition.
Since 2018 Lir is a scholar of the German foundation Musikleben.
In addition she is a co-founding member of the concert series ”Prelude Concerts”, and represents the Berlin-based chamber music young artists section.
Described by the German newspaper Die Welt as a “perfect example of a thinking musician” and lauded by the New York Times for his “musically refined and
technically elegant performances,” pianist David Fray is acclaimed for his interpretations of music from Bach to Boulez, performingin the world’s major venues as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician.He has collaborated with leading conductors, among them Semyon Bychkov,Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Esa-PekkaSalonen, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, appearing with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and OrchestreNational de France. In the US, he has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra,Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, ChicagoSymphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has played recitals at CarnegieHall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago’s Symphony Center and performs regularlyat the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.Noa cites David as the musician who most inspired her groundbreaking 2019release, ”Letters to Bach”.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd 21:00
QUIEN SOY? (WHO AM I?)
AN INTRODUCTION TO UNIQUE,
ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM CATALUNYA
AND THE BASQUE COUNTRY
JUDIT NEDERMANN BAND
SPECIAL GUEST NOA
On this night, also Noa’s birthday, we will introduce the audience to two fabulous artists creating poetic, original, heartfelt music, stemming from the traditions of their countries and growing outwards from there to find their own voice.
Iñaki Salvador, pianist, composer and arranger Inaki Salvador has
collaborated in concerts and recordings with the main jazz musicians of Spain. The list of his international collaborations include names such as Allan Skidmore, Jean Toussaint, Jesse Davis, Charles Tolliver, Alvin Queen, Ute Lemper, Noa, Lalo Schifrin, etc.
He has given concerts at national and international festivals such as the “Jazzaldia”; in San Sebastián-Donostia, the Vitoria-Gasteiz
and Getxo festivals, the “Madrid International Jazz Festival”; or those in Bayonne (France), Bucharest (Romania), Quito and Guayaquil (Ecuador), Manizales (Colombia), Manchester (UK), Berlin (Germany) and others, having also presented his music in New York City in a solo piano concert.
He has released more than 15 albums as leader of his own formations and has appeared in more than 100 as a collaborator with all kinds of groups and soloists, from classical music to rock or popular music. He worked for 25 years with the great figure of Basque Song: Mikel Laboa.
Salvador regularly composes music for television, dance and Theatre, and is a
Piano-Jazz teacher at Musikene (Higher Music Centre of the Basque Country).
VOICE AND GUITAR
Arnau Figueres: Drum and percussion
Isaac Coll: Bass
Dario Barroso: guitar
Adri González: Keyboards
Judit Neddermann is a Barcelona born singer and composer. She has released five solo albums and a joint album with her sister Meritxell Neddermann. She
has collaborated, recording or sharing the stage, with artists such as Joan Manuel Serrat, Alejandro Sanz,Pedro Guerra, MARO, Noa, Jorge Drexler, Andrés Suárez, Rozalén, Miguel Poveda, Macaco, and among others.
Judit is the composer of the original score for the play “When I sing, Mountains Dance” a play based on the novel of the same name by Irene Solà.
For ten years she was the singer of The Gramophone Allstars project, led by Genís Bou, with whom she recorded five albums. She has been awarded a Max Award, a Butaca Award, two Enderrock Awards, the Miquel Martí i Pol Award and a Descobertes Award.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24TH 21:00
CONFLICT FINDS HARMONY IN MUSIC
MUSIC FROM UKRAINE IRAN
SPECIAL GUEST NOA
On this night we will host musicians from three countries torn in conflict: Ukraine, Iran and Israel.
Ukrainian jazz pianist and composer Vadim Neselovskyi graces
our festival stage, dazzling audiences with his genre-defying fusion of classical and jazz influences.
A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and the
Thelonious Monk Institute, Vadim has collaborated with renowned artists such as vibraphonist Gary Burton and avant-garde composer John Zorn.
With an impressive array of collaborations, an extensive repertoire of compositions, and a captivating presence, Vadim
Neselovskyi takes you on a mesmerizing musical journey that transcends boundaries and resonates with the soul. Vadim will perform his "Odesa" project, reaching deep into his Ukrainian roots.
Yuval Halpern: Vocal
Hemad Mansouri: Guitar
Francesco Beccaro: Bass
Omri Abramov: Sax
Jawad Salkhordeh: Percussion
Sistanagila is an Iranian-Israeli band based in Berlin. The band members explore their traditions and musical edges, and the result fusion of colorful pallet of musical styles, from Acoustic to Electronic,
Folklore to Classic, Jazz to Ambient.
Rooted in Persian and Jewish music, the band performs fresh arrangements for songs and melodies taken from their homelands, as well as originally composed intriguing compositions. Their new
album, ”Bazaar”, will be coming out this fall on the renowned label Dreyer-Gaido.
Sistanagila are produced by prodigious Israeli EWI and saxophone player Omri Abramov. They have played in some of the most important theaters in Germany and throughout Europe.
Noa’s Ark Festival is proud and honored to present them to the Italian audience for the first time.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25TH 21:00
JAZZ, NOA AND DOORS OPENED WIDE!
JAZZ AS AN EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM AND HOPE!
ANTONIO FARAO TRIO
NOA and GIL DOR ENSEMBLE
SPECIAL GUEST OMRI MOR
YURI Goloubev: Double Bass
Vladimir Kostadinovic: Drums
Antonio Faraò, In his forty-year career, the jazz pianist Antonio Faraò, of Roman origin, has collaborated with world-renowned artists, including Jack De
Johnette, Joe Lovano, Bireli Lagrène, Chris Potter, Benny Golson…and many more.
Antonio Faraò style is unmistakable: a technical brilliance with a fiery emotional charge, a remarkable compositional vein and an overwhelming sense of rhythm. Faraò has been invited several times by Herbie Hancock to participate in the International Jazz Day world jazz event organized by Unesco and the United Nations together with Brandford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Al Jarreau... and many others.
“Antonio is not only an excellent pianist, he is a great one”
- Herbie Hancock
Omri Abramov: EWI and Saxophone
Gadi Seri: Drums
Special Guest Omri Mor: Piano
Noa and Gil Dor ensemble will celebrate the closing of Noa’s Ark Festival second edition by offering an exciting set integrating Noa’s well loved songs with new and spontaneously created music, variations, and
singing with the audience. The concert will feature the magical playing and original compositions of piano prodigy Omri Mor, an Israeli born pianist, composer and arranger, whose musical styles range from
Classical and Jazz to Arabo-Andalusian music.
This will be the debut performance of this unique collaboration between Noa/Dor/Abramov/Seri, and Omri Mor. The musical freedom and spirit In
this concert and Omri’s incredible piano playing are the perfect ending for Noa’s Ark Festival 2023!
Side picture: Omri Mor