Nefesh Mountain

Thursday December 22, 2022
8:00pm
$35 public | $30 members

“The sound is crisp, clear, magical, an instant favorite, the type of record that cleanses the dirt underneath, in between, and unforeseen, the album is perfection”  -No Depression

Since forming in 2015, Nefesh Mountain has been hailed as one of today’s formative boundary pushing Bluegrass/Americana bands. Led by husband & wife, Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, Nefesh Mountain meld a mixture of Americana, Appalachian bluegrass, old-time, Celtic folk and eastern European music. Having charted on the Billboard bluegrass charts — no easy feat for a band who sings in both English and Hebrew — Sparrows includes contributions from some of the biggest names in bluegrass including Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. They’re among the first to truly give voice and openly represent Jewish American culture, tradition, values and spirituality in the world of American roots music. Sophisticated, yet palatable and accessible, Nefesh Mountain’s music is among the most popular acts programmed at synagogues and JCCs nationally. But that belies the impact it makes on secular Americana audiences. Selling out hard ticket venues from Atlanta to Chicago to New York City, Nefesh Mountain almost immediately took off in the USA roots festival scene, with celebrated appearances at Merlefest, IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass, NPR Mountain Stage and more.  

Nefesh Mountain released Songs For The Sparrows in 2021.

Support for this show will be Taylor Ashton.

Taylor Ashton is a Canadian singer and songwriter living in Brooklyn. He spent the first half of his twenties on the road across Canada as frontman of the band Fish & Bird before moving to New York to work on a new set of songs and a new chapter of life. His music takes influence from the cosmic emotionality of Joni Mitchell, the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers, the humour and heartbreak of Randy Newman, and old-time and Celtic folk music. Alternately accompanying himself on clawhammer banjo and electric guitar, Taylor croons poignantly clever lyrical insights while effortlessly gliding between a Bill Callahan-esque baritone to a Thom Yorke-like falsetto.

His full-length debut album "The Romantic" was released in early 2020, followed by a companion EP "Romanticize" featuring remixes, reimaginings, and new songs. His songwriting appears on albums by Watkins Family Hour, the Brother Brothers, Benjamin Lazar Davis and others, and he has released singles with Aoife O'Donovan, The Fretless, and Aerialists, as well as a moody acoustic duo record in 2018 with songwriter & guitarist Courtney Hartman. Much is in store for 2022, including at least one new album and more fruitful collaborations.

"Taylor Ashton has a rich, compelling voice"
— Exclaim! magazine (Canada)

On your way in to the concert, from 7-8pm, please enjoy a display in our parking lot called Brighter Ignited. This is an illuminated and traveling public art installation! Join us as we celebrate Hanukkah together in the glow of this one-of-a-kind exhibit, featuring artwork designed by students and community partners throughout the Greater Boston area who were inspired by the Maccabees in the Hanukkah story to ignite action. Brighter Ignited is brought to you by the Jewish Arts Collaborative and artist Tova Speter. Visit www.jartsboston.org/brighter-ignited/ to learn more.