Welcome to my online world in a box. I've never been a box kind'a gal and definitely not an online world dweller, but you exist here, and now so do I and poof! we meet..
Have a look, a listen, maybe drop me a line and hopefully one day we shall meet in the real world of smiles and smells and small wonders of humanity and of course, music.
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Upcoming tripple CD release
Alberto Hemsi's lifelong creation, the "Coplas Sephardies" - 60 songs of the Ladino tradition arranged for voice and piano.
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Some personal history?
Born in NY to an American father and Yemenite Israeli mother, I spent the years of formation in Israel growing up in a small village in the Judean mountains.
Being born to a vivid and lively family, I was fortunate to have music and art all around me. My mother, the Judaica artist taught us attention to detail and appreciation for beauty and nature. My cousin, Noa (Achinoam to us) quickly grew into an international superstar and I, as a kid, was her #1 fan. Singing her songs and seeing endless times the radiant performer she was (and still is) on stage was HUGE. Only problem- I was as shy as a hermit crab on his worst hair day ever.
So choir was the natural step. The Ankor Choir in Jerusalem introduced me to classical music at its core. Singing in harmony. blending voices. WOW. and then tiny things happened.. Singing in the girls choir in Turandot with the Israeli Phil and Zubin Mehta. A trip to Berlin in 1992 to sing with the Berlin Phil and Claudio Abbado a piece by Luciano Berio !!! this was equivalent to a class trip for me. I was completely oblivious of the giants I was encountering on my way. So many legends and glorious music.
Choir and high school ended, Army began. After being posted for a short while at the border with Lebanon and leaning much about life (what to do when you're being bombed or how to check rolled up pitas for weapons or drugs anybody? of course sleeping with an M16 under the mattress was a delight..) I was later trained as a teacher/commander and was given the task to teach history and English to soldiers on their way back to civil life . Shyness didn't help.. But my voice started making a change. I discovered it. My first solo stage was in uniform..
The moment of truth arrived and I needed to learn how to use this instrument.
In Tel Aviv university I studied with Mira Zakai (may she rest in peace) who taught me how to be a Mentsch and be true. Efrat Ben Nun taught me the first steps of how to use my voice. Next stop- NY. Patricia McCaffrey broke me and put me back together. I was almost ready to begin..
Next step- Berlin. My home during the last 12 years.
And it began................