Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, who she co-led for seventeen years. She has played with and composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, the late poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, Hasidic superstars Avraham Fried, singer/songwriter Diane Birch, Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar, and many others. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS’ Great Performances, on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, Weekend Edition and New Sounds, and on the soundtrack for the L-Word. She is the recipient of the 2012 New Jewish Music Network commission from the Foundation for Jewish Culture for her original score to the 1918 Pola Negri silent film classic, The Yellow Ticket. The tour of the film with live performance kicked off in January 2013 at Lincoln Center, NYC. She also has a busy party band, sought after for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.
Lauren Brody, a founding member of both Kapelye and Mikve, is one of the world’s foremost experts in traditional Bulgarian music, and her singing and accordion-playing in Yiddish performances is legendary. She travels the world as a bearer of Yiddish musical tradition.
They will be accompanied by Brian Glassman on bass and Aaron Alexander on drums.