Sephardic Crossroads 2016

Sephardic Crossroads 2016, concert featuring Michelle Alany & Nefesh JoyKestra, with very special guests.

Tickets and more info:  (May sell out, please consider advance tickets)

Nefesh live in Austin, 6/5/16, 2pm

Nefesh live in Austin, 6/5/16, 2pm

Sephardic Crossroads Concert at Agudas Achim Sanctuary

Sunday, June 5th 2016, 2pm
Agudas Achim Sanctuary

2pm-3:45pm Concert followed by Refreshments
4pm-4:30pm Folk Dance

Agudas Achim (on the Dell Jewish Community Center)
(Furthest building in back, on the left)
7300 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731

Sephardic music concert with Michelle Alany & Nefesh JoyKestra.
Featuring very special musical guests. Nefesh will sahre beautiful, timeless Judeo-Spanish, Balkan, & Mediterranean music.
All are welcome.

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Sephardic Crossroads Sephardic Crossroads presents music rarely heard in Austin from the Jewish community that was forced to leave Spain and Portugal in 1492. The songs and people sought survival in places including Turkey, Greece, The Balkans, and North Africa, and eventually in North America. This music from the Middle Ages evolved to include not only the Judeo  Spanish traditions, but also the flavors and styles of the countries where these populations settled. This blending of cultures has been transmitted through generations. Michelle Alany and Nefesh Joykestra will be sharing this beautiful and timeless Sephardic music, with an emphasis on songs from The Balkans and The Middle East, many of which are sung in Ladino (a Judeo- Spanish language.)   All are Welcome!

Danny Johnson of Texas Early Music Project: Narrator & Vocalist
Cayla Cardiff: Guest Vocalist (Tx Early Music Project)
Dr. Sonia T Seeman: Clarinet & Kanun (UT & founder of Bereket)
Michelle Alany: Violin & Vocals
Shirley Johnson: Accordion & Vocals
Janie Cowan: Bass
Myranda Harris: Percussion
Shana Norton: Harp
Josh Peters: Oud & Trumpet

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This project is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  Additional support from Texas Folklife.


Recommended by these Amazing Austin Artists:

Music Director of Austin Symphony, Peter Bay:

“This is a must-see concert, Michelle & Nefesh will provide a fantastic Sephardic and Mediterranean musical journey.”


by Magical Austin Singer-Songwriter Artist, David Garza:

“Michelle Alany is the modern embodiment & fruition of the ancient Sephardic spirit..
mysterious yet inviting-
virtuoistic while still wide-eyed-
Her enthusiasm & talent provide a free hand map to this secret crossroads of  art & music..
I was unaware of the scope of this hidden cultural garden until experiencing Michelle’s passionate violin and singing. Her respect for this centuries-old music is rivaled only by her futuristic daring & vision to be found in her own Sephardic -tinged original compositions. This show is not to be missed!”