Check out the videos from the CD release at Joe’s Pub on Feb 4th ’18 (Superball Sunday) to a packed house. It was a blast!
Combining ancient tunes and melodies with Jazz and modern classical music. A re-imagination of Klezmer of the 19th century by the foremost Klezmer Violinist Alicia Svigals and award winning Jazz and world pianist Uli Geissendoerfer.
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In the 1930’s a Jewish scholar from the Ukraine named Moshe Beregovski set out, with eerie prescience, to collect and preserve the deep and rich Jewish musical tradition around him. On what turned out to be the eve of the destruction of European Jewry, Beregovski organized expeditions to Ukrainian “shtetlekh” (small Jewish towns) and sought out the eldest singers and instrumentalists he could find, asking them to pour their collective folk knowledge into his recording horn. In this way he managed to save thousands of beautiful Jewish folk songs, klezmer dance tunes and religious melodies on hundreds of wax cylinders, the medium of the day.
A few years afterwards, the culture he had documented was destroyed in the Holocaust, and Beregovski himself was arrested and sent to the Gulag. He never saw his work published in his lifetime, and for decades it was thought that those precious and important recordings were gone forever as well.
But in the 1990’s, with the opening of the Soviet Union, the cylinders were unearthed in a dusty archive in Kiev, and now those long-forgotten melodies and voices are beginning to speak to us again.
Violinist Alicia Svigals is the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. She has collaborated with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
Pianist and Arranger Uli Geissendoerfer is a Grammy–nominated jazz and world music pianist and composer, who has joined forces with Tito Puente, Cirque du Soleil and many more. Uli says “Alicia’s incredible energy as a performer and deep understanding of the material, combined with an openness to take it in new directions, fascinated me from the start.”
Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, is a composer, vocalist and the world’s foremost klezmer violinist, who almost singlehandedly rescued that fiddle tradition from the brink of extinction with her recording Fidl. She was an NEA MacDowell Fellow in 2014, an honor for first-time fellows of “extraordinary talent.” She was also a 2014 fellow at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC, and received the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2013 New Jewish Culture Network commission for her original score to the 1918 silent Pola Negri film The Yellow Ticket. She is currently working on the score to a feature film based on Gertrude Stein’s novella Brewsie and Willie, and is collaborating with author Sarah Schulman on a musical based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel Enemies, A Love Story. read more about Alicia Svigals
German-American pianist, composer and educator, Uli Geissendoerfer, originally from Munich, explores melodies and rhythms across many styles of music, with a special emphasis on World, Jazz and improvisation. He worked with among others William Cepeda (awarded a Grammy nomination), Groove Collective, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Tito Puente, Cirque du Soleil, Kofo the Wonderman, Ute Lemper, David Cassidy, several Symphonies, the Connecticut Opera and more. read more about Uli Geissendoerfer