Get tickets now for the Concert of Sephardic Music featuring Michele Alany and the Mystics, Sat May 20 at 7:30p
Hot off a tour in Spain, violinist & vocalist Michelle Alany is a dynamic performer & ambassador of world folk traditions, specializing in Sephardic, Mediterranean & Eastern music.
A passionate violinist and vocalist, Michelle Alany has delighted and wowed audiences worldwide. Specializing in a global acoustic sound that features lush strings, soulful vocals and rhythmic groove, Michelle delivers soulful interpretations of traditional and original Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish), Balkan and Israeli songs infused with her tasty Austin-blues stylings.
Drawing from her foundation as a classical musician, she began performing Balkan folk dance music and Klezmer while studying jazz and composition at Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz. After graduating cum laude from UCSC, she moved to the east coast to further her non-classical studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and with New England Conservatory graduate faculty such as Robert Labaree, Hankus Netsky, and just over the river, the consummate Greek, Turkish and Eastern string specialist and mentor, Beth Bahia Cohen. Inspired and ready to perform off-the-page, she moved to the music mecca of Austin, Tx in 2009 and immediately became a strong presence in the dynamic music scene there. Not only was she a rare Balkan and Klezmer musician in a predominantly folk, Blue and Rock scene, she was a welcome guest with many established singer-songwriters and world music acts, getting the opportunity to perform at local hot spots including One World Theater, Stubbs, Antones and the Continental Club to name a few. She has toured internationally with both her own music and as a supporting artist in various capacities.