There are no middlemen when it comes to planning your Simcha. At Neshoma, you will always be attended to and work with Michael, Elly and Dov who are committed to providing the best in musical entertainment. Together with Ari B, the face of the New Generation of Neshoma, Michael, Elly and Dov bring their high-powered drive and impeccable integrity and personally strive for ‘flawless delivery’ on your Big Day. Neshoma’s reputation attracts the finest and most sought-after musicians in the tri-state area who all share the same goal: providing musical entertainment that will create an ever-lasting memory of your Wedding Day.
Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, I developed an early love for Rock-N-Roll while playing drums in our garage on many a sunny summer and winter day. Throughout my high school and college years I played my drums whenever and wherever possible and then some! Later I expanding my musical interests to the study of piano. Jazz, Big-Band, Funk, Klezmer, Classical, Israeli and many other styles currently fuel my musical heart. Here at Neshoma, I love helping my clients create events that feature exceptional entertainment with a meticulous attention to detail. I’m always watching what’s trending and working on developing new and unique ideas in a never-ending pursuit of excellence. One of the things that I love most about what I do is my relationship with my clients. Many have become lifelong friends after us having shared in a beautiful Simcha together. My wife Renee and I live in West Hempstead, NY and we are extremely proud of our children Mindy & Josh, Jake, Jordana, and Avital.
Believe me when I tell you that I did not choose a career in Jewish Music. Studying piano since the age of 8 and subsequently learning and playing popular Jewish music, all resulted in friends asking me to play for them during my teenage years. Then at Summer Camp. Then at a friend’s wedding. The rest is history. Regardless of how I get here, I consider myself one of the luckiest people I know. We make people happy, cause them to dance, elevate their spiritual heads and get paid at the same time. What a country! Through my teaching and studying, in addition to Jewish Music, I have grown to love Classical Music, Jazz, Opera, Klezmer, Continental, Japanese, Modern and Post-Modern Music. And continue to always remain open to even newer musical vistas.
“Hey Dov, Neshoma is playing at a chagiga bring your guitar”. That simple invitation to come and do what I love took place eighteen years ago but most importantly it launched a career that combines two of my passions: music and making people happy. With several thousand simchas since that day I can only be thankful for that invitation many years ago. There is nothing I enjoy more than the “five second pause” before the door opens and the bride walks down the aisle – everything just stops for a moment and with every step a new future unfolds. Playing a role in creating a memorable event is an honor. It feels funny to call it a “job” because it never quite feels like one with all the excitement, joy, tears and the thank you’s that follow. I
get to share the joy with my wife Gayle and my children Elisheva and Ari. We settled in Bergenfield New Jersey you know that little town next to Teaneck”.
In order to be the best performer that I can be, I find it helpful and crucial to view myself as a part of something holy – performing at a wedding is not about playing my guitar. I truly believe that I and everyone that is involved in making the Simcha a special event should recognize that Hashem is our Partner on that night. Therefore, I see my role as one that tries to elevate the entire essence of the Simcha to a level that truly befits Kedusha – holiness. I have been so fortunate to be an integral part of Smachot over the past eighteen years and I can truly say that no two weddings are the same. I still feel butterflies, excitement and a humbling responsibility before we announce the Chatan and Kallah for the very first time. There is often that especially gratifying moment when the Chatan will make his way over to our Bandstand and say “you did exactly what we asked and surpassed our wildest expectations.” And we say “Baruch Hashem.” Music is not about me or the band. We are the vehicle. What we help create hopefully fulfills the visions and expectations of those involved in the process. We know we have accomplished our goal by becoming one with the spirit of the Rikud and by seeing in everyone’s eyes the holy energy and pure joy that fills the room. I am truly blessed and privileged to have a “job” whose sole purpose is to create and be part of one of life’s most important and sanctified milestones.
Portrait photos by Shy Clyman