Masterclass in Klezmer Performance

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Wednesday, Apr 29 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Virtual Event
Balkan Music Ensemble Speaker Series—Spring 2020
Wednesday, Apr 29 2020 7:00 PM Wednesday, Apr 29 2020 8:00 PM America/New_York Masterclass in Klezmer Performance OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | The Balkan Ensemble Speaker Series presents a master class in Klezmer performance with violinist and composer Alicia Svigals. Virtual Event Bennington College

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Balkan Music Ensemble Speaker Series presents:

Masterclass in Klezmer Performance with Alicia Svigals, Klezmer Violinist and Composer

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Alicia Svigals, violinist/composer and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, is the world's foremost klezmer fiddler. Alicia almost singlehandedly revived the tradition of klezmer fiddling, which had been on the brink of extinction until she recorded her debut album Fidl in the 1990’s. Svigals is also a composer who works in many genres. She was an NEA MacDowell Fellow in 2014, an honor for first-time fellows of “extraordinary talent.”

In Svigals' band the Klezmatics, she created contemporary Jewish music that combined the joyous and mystical Yiddish tradition with a postmodern aesthetic and an overtly political worldview. She co-led and toured with the band for seventeen years and recorded albums which reached the top ten of the Billboard and European World Music Charts. 

For more information, please visit her website.