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Uploaded on Sep 19, 2008
Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals gets the crowd dancing at the River to River festival in lower Manhattan. With Marilyn Lerner, keyboard, Brian Glassman, bass, and Grant Smith, drums. Alicia Svigals is the world's leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, who she co-led for seventeen years. She has played with and composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, the late poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, Avraham Fried, singer/songwriters Diane Birch, Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar, and many others. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, PBS' Great Performances, NPR's Prairie Home Companion, Weekend Edition and New Sounds, and on the soundtrack for the L-Word. She is the recipient of the Foundation for Jewish Culture's 2013 New Jewish Culture Network commission for her new score to the 1918 Pola Negri silent film The Yellow Ticket. Svigals also has a busy party band.