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What's so good about Hadar Noiberg?
It is said that you are judged by the company you keep. If the idiom was applied to Israeli-born flautist Hadar Noiberg, the result would be overwhelmingly positive. Although she may be a new name, you'll certainly recognize some of her musical collaborators: she is a founding member of the jazz/world fusion group Yemen Blues, and has shared the stage with Anat Cohen, Omer Avital, Joel Frahm, Rufus Reid and many more. However, Hadar Noiberg stands perfectly well on her own.
Hadar's career started at a young age playing and touring with the Young Philharmonic Orchestra and studying at the Tel Aviv Academy. At age 21 she moved to New York, completing her Bachelor's degree in flute and composition. In 2007 she received an award from the ASCAP foundation for her composition skills. Here's a brief video introduction to Hadar Noiberg:
What intrigues me most about Hadar Noiberg is the diversity of cultures I hear represented in her playing and composing. The rich multicultural tradition of the Middle East is evident whenever she takes the stage: I hear Israeli, Arabic, North African and Indian influences, among others. She's also a passionate devotee of the Afro-Cuban tradition; she seems to be playing with a different collection of musicians in every video I've seen! Yemen Blues in one, her jazz trio in another, Cuban musicians in yet another...it's no surprise that, given her diverse musical interests, she has played on some of the biggest jazz and world music stages around the globe. Here's a performance of the title track from her new trio CD, Journey Back Home. It starts with what could be an Israeli folk tune, moves into a straight-ahead jazz waltz, and wraps up in a more North African feel:
Hadar Noiberg brings her outstanding playing and diverse repertoire to the Al Green Theatre this Thursday, November 22 at 8 pm for a concert celebrating the new album, Journey Back Home. She will be joined by Edward Perez on bass and Ziv Ravitz on drums. I'm looking forward to seeing them in action - it's sure to be a musical tour of the world. For complete information visit their concert page.