Not in Her Sister’s Footsteps
Crossposted from Haaretz
“I come from a very musical home, but one that is also quite traditional in its approach to art and did not push me to ask a lot of questions,” says Odeya Nini in an attempt to find the source of the contemporary art she is creating in the United States, in the home where she and her sister, the singer Achinoam Nini (“Noa”), grew up.
“My sister left home when I was three, she is 13 years older than me,” adds Odeya Nini, perhaps so that I do not get confused and try to find similarities between her music and that of her famous sister.
Odeya, 29, was born in New York and immigrated to Israel at the age of 15. She studied in the theater track at the Telma Yellin School and after completing her military service returned to New York where she studied jazz and voice development at the New School, a New York university known for its avant-garde studies. Referring to Nini as a singer can be misleading; she is a voice artist, a talented composer and a surprising experimental artist.