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Bio: 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... See Full Bio

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Nefesh has a show on 12/12/2014 at 06:30 PM @ Firepit Minyan in Austin, TX http://www.reverbnation.com/q/5dzmzu #concert

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  • Fri

    Dec 12

    Austin, TX, US | 6:30pm
    Firepit Minyan
    Austin, TX, US
    Fri Dec 12 6:30pm


    Special house concert in South Austin. Email michellealany@gmail.com to rsvp Here is more info and schedule: A rare chance to see Nefesh Joykestra in Austin, 2014! Just before Michelle's bday too... Very special folks are hosting us at their lovely back yard. Bring warm things to wear, and chairs or blankets/pillows, something to sit on... Hopin is dry and not cold, but it will happen even if light sprinkle...will be fun. Is at a house near Zilker Elementary, and you can park anywhere on nearby side streets that have room. Since private house, I prefer to provide address to those that rsvp or email/message me at : michellealany@gmail.com The Firepit Minyan presents PRE-HANUKAH OUTDOOR CONCERT, LATKE-FEST AND HOUSE PARTY WITH KLEZMER/ROMA/GLOBALLY JUDAIC FIDDLING SENSATION MICHELLE ALANY & HER BAND, NEFESH JOYKESTRA **Friday, December 12, 6:30 - 9:30 pm $10 donation for the band, no one rebuffed for non-sufficient funds Consider bringing new and/or gently used gifts for our friends and neighbors at the Community of Christ, to be given out at their traditional Christmas celebration for the homeless and hard-livin'. As Julie said this year, “we are commanded to be in relationship with the poor, as opposed to pitying them.” Of particular interest: toys for boys! Questions? Ask michellealany@gmail.com Sked: 6:30 pm--oil hits multiple pans 6:45 pm—first latkes emerge from fat 7:00 pm--firepit lighting, brief-but-intense blessings over food and wine 7:30 pm—MUSIC! Out of respect to our neighbors, amplified music will end at 9 PM. What else? —parking is limited. Arrive in time to find a spot, or ride a bike, or walk. --Appropriate for kids? Definitely, as long as families supervise each other. There’s a playground across the street if steam needs blowing off. —It may be cold, and this is outdoors. Wear warm stuff. —Bring something to sit on if that’s how you roll. A blanket or folding chair. —We’ll provide wine and grape juice for the kiddush. Otherwise, BYOB. ---So, there’s just LATKES etc. to eat? Is that IT? Yep. Unless someone brings donuts. ---Is this just for Jews? Certainly not. The Firepit Minyan welcomes members from all wandering tribes. ---Would a non-Jew feel awkward? Nope! Why is this happening? Because Michelle Alany played for us on Yom Kippur and no one wanted her to stop. YES, WE WOULD LOVE VOLUNTEERS! WAITRESSES, CUSTODIANS, CHEFS. Hit reply for a volunteer assignment.

  • Tue

    Dec 2

    Austin, TX, US | 6:00pm
    Cactus Cafe
    Austin, TX, US
    Tue Dec 02 6:00pm


    Gets packed, go early for seat. Great Views and Brews series, this one on Klezmer with 5 Austin bands and very special guests speakers including Rabbi Neil Blumofe.

  • 2014

    May 4

    Austin, TX, US | 5:30pm
    Pecan St Fest
    Austin, TX, US
    Sun May 04 5:30pm


    Nefesh is happy to play for Pecan Festival downtown on the Trinity stage, 530-620! :)

  • 2014

    May 2

    Austin, TX, US | 8:00pm
    Russian House
    Austin, TX, US
    Fri May 02 8:00pm


    8pm-11pm Come dance, party and make merry with us at our only spring Russian House return! Amazing band, soul-inspiring tunes! xoxo michellealany.com Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/634400393302051/

  • 2014

    Apr 19

    Austin, TX, US | 7:30pm
    Hancock Rec Center
    Austin, TX, US
    Sat Apr 19 7:30pm


    Nefesh Joykestra aifd.cc at Hancock rec center Dance Lesson and dancing starts at 730, and we go on at 830-1030. Featuring a full band, with Ben Saffer clarinet, Shirley Johnson accordion, Jesse Berkowitz Guitar, John Bush drums, Benjamin Alany dumbek, Brad Houser Bass.

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    Hi, Thanks for the add! Hope you like the tunes! -City of Squares Jenna, Jon, and Bill
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    The Intro on Los Bibilicos grabbed my soul in a few seconds. How haunting and beautifully alive are the tone of those strings.
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Q: I heard you on KZSC June 9th and was mesmerized! Such beautiful music. You mentioned house concerts. I in Carmel and would open my house for one if you are interested. Patti @ pkirshner2@yahoo.com
A: Hi Patti! Wonderful to hear from you...and we are delighted that you enjoyed the music! I would love to talk with you about a house concert. The band does very well in intimate settings like that. I have a house concert near Paso Robles on a friend's farm June 15th that we are looking forward to, and many positive experiences in Austin doing them too... Please feel free to drop me a message with your number so we can try to find a date in common. Am at michellealany@gmail.com and 857-719-7331 Many Blessings, Michelle

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