Take Five with Hadar Noiberg
Hadar Noiberg, flutist, composer and arranger, was born and raised in Israel and is currently living in New York City.
Hadar moved to New York at an early age, building a successful musical career by herself. She is a member of two Latin groups that are working in New York City: Charanga Soleil and Coco Mama, and is also very involved in the Brazilian music scene in NYC.
Among the venues that Hadar performed at are: Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Coca Cola, the Iridium, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm, Michigan Womyn's Festival, Creole Blues Festival, Midnight Summer Swing festival and many more. Hadar has recently recorded an album of collaborations between herself and pianist/composer Vladimir Katz, which combines compositions of both.
These days Hadar is working on her own project, combining Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies with her rich background in jazz and improvisation. This project is touring nationally and internationally and will soon record a CD.
Flute, alto flute, fula flute.
Teachers and/or influences?
My compositions teachers were David Del Tredici and Adam Silverman.
My flute teachers were Uri Shoham and Yossi Arenheim.
I am influenced by music in general, everything that sounds sensir and with a bold say.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I couldn't see myself doing anything else. There were times, when I was younger, when I thought of quitting and only the thought of being anything rather than a musician made me very sad. It's who I am and what I love.
Your sound and approach to music:
I'm looking for something very earthy- that brought me to start playing my black wooden flute. My sound is a bit dark, round, colorful. I want to sound like so many different instruments and like myself at the same time. My approach to music is to go all the way with ideas, seek for what's out there, what is beyond the actual notes, and to look deep for our own self. That is what will make each of us special.
Your teaching approach:
There is no such thing as "one system that works." Every student is different and requires special attention. The student has to be passionate and serious about studying. I believe in playing together, in exploring together, as well.
Your dream band:
My current band is my dream band. For me, playing my own music with my favorite musicians is ideal.
Playing at Merkin Hall was great, they treated the musicians very well. Dizzy's was also a nice experience.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
Miles Davis, Miles Smiles (Columbia, 1966).
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
A unique sound and a positive approach. I sound like myself and I constantly explore who I am which gives other people also courage to search for themselves. I always come to situations with a positive approach and that really opens up the musicians I'm playing with.
What is in the near future?
Well, I have three very exciting shows of my new project, Connections. One of them is at Shrine on April 21, 2009; the other is a festival near the Hudson River on May 9, 2009 and then the great premier at Smalls on May 15, 2009. After that I'll be touring with my band in Israel during June, 2009.
Composing, arranging, playing.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: