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Yadi Nafshi

December 17, 2013

An excerpt from my performance in the Under One Tent Festival concert at B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek, CA.

We had a great time performing for a lovely and receptive audience. It is amazing to keep playing and exploring music I have written in new and exciting ways. Hope you enjoy!

John Erlich: Guitar
Debbie Fier: Percussion
Eliana Kissner: Voice


3 Great Upcoming Gigs : Hungry for Yiddish, Under One Tent Festival, and Saul’s

November 4, 2013

Just wanted to let you know about my upcoming gigs.  Would love to see any and all of you there.

1. A collaboration with klezmer/Yiddish artists in Berkeley to benefit the Berkeley Food Pantry (***audience will be given golden good karma points).
Hungry for Yiddish: A Mitzvah Project
Thursday December 12th, 8pm
Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley, CA

$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.Featuring Heather Klein’s Inextinguishable Trio, Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band,

Safra, and Yiddish dance leader Bruce Bierman!
2.  A showcase of my original music with oud, guitar, and drums and songs from the Arabic, cantorial, and ladino folk styles that have influenced my own work.  So come on out if you want to hear ancient Hebrew poetry set to blues guitar and Middle Eastern percussion!  Yum yum.
The Time is Now, a performance of cantorial, ladino, and Middle Eastern music

So excited to be a part of this festival in Contra Costa county.  Check out this article about it:

Lots of great artists.

My concert, taking place at B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek, will feature my original melodies, reinvented cantorial music, communal singing with yours truly

Sunday, December 15th at 3PM.
3. Do you enjoy  hot pastrami, knishes, and Arabic music in the same setting?  If so, you are extremely cool AND you should come see Safra at Saul’s deli on 
January 6th, 2014 at 6PM.

Upcoming Performance

April 11, 2013









Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Chalom: A Dream Opera”

August 23, 2012

I am so thankful to have been a part of the cast of Chalom: A Dream Opera by Bronwen Mullin as part of the International Fringe Festival.  We had a great run and a sold out Saturday night performance!  Thank you to everyone who made this “dream” a reality…(can’t help being corny).

Check out our review on!!!!!


NEW DEMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 8, 2012

Hello Visitors!

After a lot of development, work, and collaboration with pianist, Nicki Adams,  I am proud to present 4 tracks for my new demo recorded at Whip Records in Berkeley, CA.

Here they are:

Modah Ani, voice and piano : Based on Jewish prayer after waking up in the morning

Vatik Yehemu, Yedid Nefesh   : 3rd stanza of mystical poem by Elazar Azikri written in 16th century Tzfat (city in Northern Israel)

Higaleh Na, Yedid Nefesh: 4th stanza of mystical poem by Elazar Azikri written in 16th century Tzfat (city in Northern Israel)

Little Sister_Ahot Ketana: Incorporation of poem “Ahot Ketana” sung by many Middle Eastern Jewish communities on Rosh Hashannah with original English lyrics/melody

Thank you!!!!!!

January 5, 2012
"Friends for Life"

Posing post concert with my newlywed friend Rebecca Kaplan Zinger!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the concert on December 17th in honor of my dad’s birthday and my moving to California.  We had myself and Namseob King Shin singing and Violetta Zabbi and Bronwen Mullin on piano. So much talent in one room!  An added bonus was all of the singers in the audience who came up and sang “Happy Birthday” to Papa Kissner at the end of the show.

We had an amazing crowd including my Aunt Pam and Uncle Jerry from Houston, Texas!!!!  I am so grateful to my family, friends, and whole New Jersey/New York community.

So many blessings that I can’t even count them!

If you’d like to hear some live excerpts from the concert, check out my “Live Recordings” page.

Stay tuned for updates on California performances!

Upcoming Performances

October 26, 2011

Hi Everyone!

Hear ye, hear ye.  Mark your calendars.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Symphony Space
95th street and Broadway, Manhattan, NY.

Solo Concert and Going Away Party.  Featuring Nam Seob King Shin and other guest artists.
230 W. 29th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, Manhattan, NY