Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express to perform in September

Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals, the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Klezmatics, will present a program of ecstatic Jewish melodies at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30pm. Ms. Svigals will be accompanied by Patrick Farrell on accordion and Brian Glassman on bass.

Alicia Svigals has taught and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, who recorded her compositions as duets with Ms. Svigals accompanied by the Klezmatics, and she was awarded first prize at the Safed, Israel international klezmer festival competition. In addition to performing, Svigals leads lectures and workshops on Jewish music for adults and children, directs klezmer string orchestras, and has published literature on Jewish music and culture.

She has been featured in V-Day, gala performances of playwright Eve Ensler's Obie-winning The Vagina Monologues, most recently at Madison Square Garden with Phoebe Snow, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Wynona Ryder, Calista Flockhart, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, Erica Jong, Brooke Shields, and Rita Wilson. She has composed for the Kronos Quartet, and has been written for by composer Osvaldo Golijov, who was commissioned by Merkin Concert Hall to create a work featuring Ms. Svigals and clarinetist David Krakauer. She has appeared as a soloist on NPR's New Sounds Live and at festivals such as FiddleFest in New York's Central Park, Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Her debut solo album Fidl is the world's very first klezmer fiddle CD.

In Svigals' band the Klezmatics, she and five other musicians created contemporary Jewish roots music that combined the joyous and mystical Yiddish folk tradition with a postmodern aesthetic and an overtly political world view. For sixteen years, Svigals toured internationally with the Klezmatics and recorded five albums which reached the top ten of the Billboard, College Music Journal, and European World Music Charts.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for seniors and UAlbany faculty & staff and $10 for students and are available by calling the Box Office at (518) 442-3997. This program is presented by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the Center for Jewish Studies as a prelude to its year-long series Jews Along the Hudson. More information on the series can be found at www.albany.edu/jewishstudies. Additional support has been provided by the UAlbany Foundation, Alumni Association and Holiday Inn Express.