Thursday, May 29, 2008

ALICIA SVIGALS Monday April 7, 2008

On the 7th, Alicia Svigals, the world famous Klezmer Violinist graced us with her presence in the studio. Klezmer is the traditional celebration music of Eastern European Jewry, and Alicia's music is simulteniously electrifying and heart wrenching. She co-founded one of the most well-known Klezmer bands, The Klezmatics. Hearing her music was incredible, and after the session, I logged onto her website for more. I found this quote:

"When I was little I divided my afterschool time between Bach violin concertos and weekly classes at the local Workmen’s Circle school, where we were taught, somewhat eccentrically, Yiddish and socialism, while the rest of the Jewish world was studying Hebrew and preparing for their bar/bas mitzvahs. I couldn’t have imagined then, a presumed future doctor of some sort, that eventually those elements would coalesce into a career that would take me around the world, and that I’d get to witness and even assist at the miraculous rebirth of Yiddish culture in our day."


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