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      The 6th Regattabar Klezmer Music Festival ft. Klezwoods & Alicia Svigals in Cambridge

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      September 24, 2019

      Tuesday   7:30 PM

      1350 Massachusetts Ave
      Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

      The 6th Regattabar Klezmer Music Festival ft. Klezwoods & Alicia Svigals


      Klezwoods is a wild amalgam of strings, horns, and percussion that melds the spirit of Jewish, Eastern European, Arabic, and North African music traditions with modern grooves, improvisation, and melodic interplay. The ensemble serves as a truly modern American melting pot of musical cultures, as each world renowned performer brings a unique voice and musical background to the mix. The formidable range of the band members and tightly arranged melodies only add to the audience's experience of Klezwoods' music: wildly exuberant Balkan wedding parties, somber clarinet melodies, stately Ottoman-inspired themes, upbeat klezmer dances, and barn burning, funky North African beats. All are presented in a dynamic manner that is unique to Klezwoods, while embracing and paying deep respect to all of these cultural and musical influences. Simply put, "it's a party you won't want to miss out on." (


      A One-Woman Show of Klezmer Fiddling and Yiddish Song

      Composer/violinist Alicia Svigals is the world's leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, which she co-directed for seventeen years. She has written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwright Tony Kushner, documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand, singer/songwriters Debbie Friedman, Diane Birch et al, and has collaborated with them as a performer and improviser as well as with poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, 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. Her klezmer roots band, Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express, plays at festivals around the U.S. and the world

      Svigals was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture's annual New Jewish Music Network Music Commission for her original live score to the 1918 film the Yellow Ticket, which she is currently touring, and a Trust for Mutual Understanding grant to bring that work to Poland. She has been a fellow at LABA - a non-religious house of study and culture laboratory at the 14th St. Y in NYC which every year invites a group of artists to consider ancient texts and create work that pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be; while at LABA she composed a song cycle based on Yiddish poetry (samples here: In 2014 Svigals was an NEA Macdowell Fellow. In 2018, Svigals released Beregovski Suite, an album of music from a long-lost archive of klezmer melodies, arranged and performed with a contemporary spin with jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer. She is currently also touring the Ancient Law, her second silent film and live original music project, a collaboration with silent film music legend Donald Sosin, funded by the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

      Cost: 30.00

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