Alicia Svigals, renowned worldwide as
the foremost klezmer Fiddler, comes to Lynchburg on March 2nd at 7:30 pm,
with Grammy nominated jazz pianist
Uli Geisendoerfer to introduce the passionate “BEREGOVSKI SUITE” in a public performance at ADUDATH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE 2055 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg.
Tickets are $15/adults, $2 studewnts k-12 and $5 for college students. The concert is produced by Amherst Glebe Arts Response (season tickets will be honored) in collaboration with Adudath Sholom Synagogue.
Alicia Svigals was one of the founders of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics in New York’s East Village in 1986 and performed with them worldwide until the beginning of the 21st Century. She is renowned for her collaborations with Itzhak Perleman, with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
Klezmer music is the highly emotional and exciting instrumental musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe.
Moshe Beregovski was a Jewish Scholar from the Ukraine, who traveled through that country in the 1930s recording dance tunes, folk songs, and work songs. During the years of the Holocaust and the later years of Stalin’s rule in the USSR, the Beregovski recordings, made on wax cylinders, disappeared. Miraculously, in 1987, with the opening of the Soviet Union the cylinders were rediscovered in Kiev and musicians interested in this tradition have begun to bring them to us again. Alcia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer are proud to both reintroduce the Ukrainian Jewish music preserved by Beregovski, and to recontextualize it for our enjoyment in the 21st Century.
Click here to learn more about Moshe Beregovski.
Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, which she codirected 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 Lucasand Najma Akhtar, and many others.
Svigals has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS’s 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-sXLevOXrE.
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: http://www.labajournal.com/2014/07/seduction-in-eynaim-a-maternal-song-cycle/.
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.
Jazz pianist, composer and scholar Uli Geissendoerfer
has worked with William Cepeda (a Grammy-nominated project), Groove Collective, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Tito Puente, Cirque du Soleil, Ute Lemper, David Cassidy, several symphonies, the Connecticut Opera and many more.
His current projects include “Colors,” a World Jazz Quintet, “Bangalore Breakdown” and an Indian World Jazz project featuring multi-wind player Premik Russell Tubbs.
In 2009 Geissendoerfer moved to Las Vegas where he was the conductor, pianist and bandleader with the Cirque du Soleil production “Viva Elvis.”
He resurrected the Latin Jazz Ensemble at UNLV which has since won downbeat awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (1st place). Geissendoerfer also has initiated a lecture series at the university.
Founder of the “Jazz Club at the Dispensary Lounge” (winning Best of Las Vegas) featuring Wynton Marsalis, Brandon Fields, Sam Most, Rick Margitza, Dick Griffin, Danny Gottlieb and more, he currently serves as curator for the Steinway Concert Series.
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