Two opportunities to see Nefesh Mountain

Date(s) - Sunday, October 30, 2016
7:00 pm

Congregation of Moses

Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain will present two concerts at the Congregation of Moses on Oct. 30. There will be a free family program at 11 a.m. and the group will be in concert with its band at 7 p.m. The evening concert is ticketed. ($15/$5)

Husband and Wife team Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff are pioneering their own blend of Jewish Americana throughout the country, bringing their unique knowledge and passion for both Jewish and Bluegrass traditions to the fore, singing English and Hebrew songs alike. They say Nefesh Mountain is the place where the Jewish spirit and soul meet with Bluegrass and Old-Time musical traditions.

Since the recent release of their debut album with bluegrass greats Sam Bush on Mandolin and Vocals, Mark Schatz on Bass, Scott Vestal on Banjo, Rob Ickes on Dobro, and Gary Oleyar on Fiddle they are winning the hearts of audiences nationwide.

“There is common ground here,” says Lindberg, “for centuries Bluegrass and Old Time music have been embracing the Old Testament, and through the years have created a powerful vehicle for spirituality and expression.” The origin of Bluegrass music itself began as a melting pot, fusing African instruments and sensibilities, with that of Western Europe and the Scotch/Irish traditions.

Zasloff adds, “Today, Bluegrass music is an outlet for so many cultures and their own traditions to come through. I can fall in love and connect with Chinese, African American, or Irish cultures through the music. Likewise, as Jewish Americans, we want to share our background with the world through the art of Bluegrass.”

“Nefesh” is a Hebrew word which loosely translates as the soul or animating spirit of all living things. The Mountain is a cross-cultural symbol used widely in Jewish text as well as in Bluegrass and Old-Time musical forms. “We’ve found that another commonality is that both traditions unapologetically celebrate and honor our natural world.” says Zasloff.

Doni Zasloff is a beloved presence on stage throughout the country and is regarded as one of the most influential Jewish Performers in the twenty-first century. Her unique backgrounds in Singing, Musical Theatre, & Judaism make her one of the most in demand and unique artists today, and she brings these multi-faceted talents directly to Nefesh Mountain. With band Doni brings her unlimited Spirit to the songs in her words, melodies, and music.

Gary Oleyar

Gary Oleyar

Multi-Instrumentalist Eric Lindberg brings his background in Jazz and Classical music to the acoustic stylings of Bluegrass and Old-Time music. His works as a Singer, Guitarist, and Banjoist in Nefesh Mountain are known widely in the Jewish and Bluegrass worlds today. Eric is constantly searching for new ways to break down the barriers between musical genre, race, and religion through the magic of music.

Gary Oleyar is your quintessential Jack Of All Trades and has been a veteran of the music scene in America for the past 3 decades. As a former Nashville resident and protege of Vassar Clements, Gary brings his knowledge and fleet-fingered dexterity on the fiddle to Nefesh Mountain.

Tim Kiah

Tim Kiah

Tim Kiah studied musical composition at the Eastman School of Music and also received his MFA in Music from the City College of New York where he studied double bass with Jazz great Ron Carter. Upon moving to New York in 2002, Tim started his own group Nurse Kaya, has been a member of quintet Sotto Voce, Astrograss, & Citigrass, and is a composer for the Chelsea Symphony. In Nefesh Mountain Tim brings his unique voice and talents as a bass player, singer, and improviser to the music. 

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Nefesh Mountain will present a free family program at 11 a.m. and will be in concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Congregation of Moses. ($15/$5)

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg’s rustic Jewish-American hybrid of spiritual music makes swords into plowshares. — Times Of Israel


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