"'Te l’ea tènere', sung with extreme credibility and vocalism together - if possible - crystalline and passionate, to the point of making it seem like a seventeenth-century Neapolitan piece and not a piece written today.
Federico Vacalebre, Il Mattino
“Nataly was made of stern musical stuff, throwing herself into her musical love with unrestrained glee and with boundless diligence…”
“…She is deeply immersed in the world of Greek music… There is no doubting her sincerity and honesty.”
“Oryon’s repertoire covers an expansive artistic domain.“
Barry Davis, The Jerusalem Post
Nataly Oryon, vocalist and musician from Jerusalem, Specializes in world music, focusing on folk and classical Greek music, and Italian-Neapolitan music.
As someone who always knew she would dedicate her life to music, Nataly chose at an early age to study music independently – in a self-taught manner, finding her own path through the world of music.
Nataly studied musical styles from around the world, various languages, vocal techniques, composition and musical arrangement, and created a unique language for herself as a creative artist.
As a completely self-taught musician, Nataly has developed her own unique vocal technique, combining classical with folk styles, putting the emotional expression for each song individually - above all. Her singing and her musical arrangements style present a perfect meeting point between east and west.
In her concert show ‘Thessaloniki - Jerusalem of the Balkans’ Nataly Oryon presents the firm long-term Greek-Israeli-Jewish connection, traveling through three languages: Greek, Hebrew and Sephardi (Ladino). Through the songs, Nataly tells the story that began with the Jewish residents of Thessaloniki, the city which was called “Jerusalem of the Balkans” in early 20th century, and is still continuing today with the enormous influence of the Greek culture on contemporary Israeli culture.
After studying the Greek language, culture and music, performing concerts around Greece and co-operating with many well-known artists such as Glykeria, Nataly presents the Greek-Israeli connection in her own unique way. Alongside the Sephardi songs and the well-known Greek songs, Nataly sings classical Hebrew songs, which she has translated into Greek.
All the songs are performed with her original musical arrangements, by an ensemble of musicians* playing a variety of classical instruments that are identified with the genre.
Nataly sings well-known Greek songs, to which the Jewish residents of Thessaloniki wrote new lyrics in Ladino. These are, until today, a major part of both the Sephardi and Greek cultural legacy.
In the performances Nataly focuses on Greek and Neapolitan music, but also sings traditional songs from other cultures of the world in various projects. Nataly is the musical arranger of the shows. Every performance is accompanied by 4-8 ensemble members, playing authentic instruments suitable for the style.
In the field of Greek music, Nataly studied the Greek language (also independently) and performed several times throughout Greece. In Israel she hosted singers from Greece and was invited by the famous Greek singer Glykeria to perform with her in Jerusalem (video). In her performance, aside to well-known Greek songs, Nataly sings Hebrew songs which she has translated to Greek (video), as well as songs in the Jewish Ladino-Sephardi language, as written by the Jewish residents of Thessaloniki to Greek popular tunes (video).
Nataly has been exposed to Neapolitan music in recent years, which she is also studying in depth. In addition to singing traditional Neapolitan songs, she has also composed some original ones in the Neapolitan language (Listen). She was invited to Naples a few years ago, by the daughter of the ‘voice of Naples’, Sergio Bruni, to perform in the launch of a book she wrote about him (video). Also, a few articles about her contribution to the Neapolitan culture were published in the largest newspaper in the province of Campania - IL MATTINO (articles about Nataly).
Nataly will soon publish an album of Neapolitan songs.