Nefesh is a vibrant and rootsy Austin group comprised of: Michelle Alany-Violin/Vocals, Shirley Johnson-Accordion-Vocals, Jesse Berkowitz-Guitar, Evan Wanserski-Cello, Benjamin Alany-Percussion.
Back Story: Violinist and vocalist Michelle Alany moved to Austin after being enchanted by its musical vibrance. Nefesh was born on her first Austin birthday, in December of 2009 with a small and dedicated cast. Often finding its place opening for other dynamic bands Michelle plays with, Nefesh has grown in scope and depth. While primarily performing songs of the Mediterranean, ever new songs find their way to our harmonic palette and shows. We specialize in music of Sephardic, Greek, Middle Eastern, and Balkan regions, while infusing this with original songs as well.