Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ninet at the Penthouse at the Standard Hotel, East Village

Ninet Tayeb, aka Ninet, is perhaps the most famous person in the Israeli entertainment business so far in the 21st century. Born and raised in Kiryat Gat, Israel, now a resident of Tel Aviv, Ninet first came to public attention as the first place winner in the 2003 Israeli Idol (Kokhav Nolad). Alongside her musical career, Ninet starred in films, in the theater and on television. She released four albums in Israel (one of them in English), and twice won Israel's Favorite Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Going international, Ninet is presently a featured guest vocalist on select dates of Steven Wilson's tour, but is also performing club dates with her band. In preparation for her tour, Ninet released two singles, "Paper Parachute" and "Child," from her forthcoming as-yet-untitled American debut album.

Ninet is starting over from scratch in the United States. In the past year, she has performed live in nearly a dozen small clubs in New York, and also taped performances here for Paste and City Winery's video series. She is still waiting for that breakout performance that will make her name as common here as in her native Israel. Performing tonight at the Penthouse, she and her band performed a free show before less than 100 people-in-the-know, as the show was not advertised. Her showcase demonstrated that she has a powerful, somewhat husky voice that was equally home with both soft songs and shakers. Ninet was as comfortable with a bold, haunting, Adele-like rendition of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and an original rocker, "Superstar." Her soulful delivery and her band's moving accompaniment made her compositions edgier than  standard singer-songwriter fare. She mined a classic sound; the only thing typically indie was that she perhaps too frequently tossed her hair in front of her face. Get her on a late night television show and her name will be trending throughout the internet the next morning.

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