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Alicia Svigals and Marylin Lerner
ALICIA SVIGALS, violinist/composer, a founder of the Klezmatics and of the all-women band Mikveh, is considered by many to be the world's foremost klezmer fiddler. She taught and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, who recorded her compositions as duets with Ms. Svigals accompanied by the Klezmatics, and she was awarded first prize at the International Klezmer Festival in Safed, Israel. Her debut solo album Fidl (Traditional Crossroads) is the world's very first klezmer fiddle CD. She has been featured (as a soloist and with Mikveh) in V-Day, gala performances of playwright Eve Ensler's Obie-winning The Vagina Monologues, most recently at Madison Square Garden. She has composed for the Kronos Quartet. Osvaldo Golijov was commissioned by Merkin Concert Hall to create a work featuring Ms. Svigals and clarinetist David Krakauer, soon to be released on CD as Rocketekiya.

For sixteen years, Svigals toured internationally with the Klezmatics and recorded five albums which reached the top ten of the Billboard, College Music Journal, and European World Music Charts. As a composer for the group, she provided music for theater, dance and film, including the score to Tony Kushner's plays A Dybbuk (at the Public Theater) and It's an Undoing World (Ford Theater, Los Angeles), Judith Helfand's P.O.V. documentary A Healthy Baby Girl, and collaborations with poets Allen Ginsburg and Jerome Rothenberg, Israeli singer Chava Alberstein, and K.D. Lang's songwriter/producer Ben Mink. Her multi-media project The Third Seder, featuring Tony Kushner, choreographer David Dorfman, author Sarah Shulman, visual artist Neil Goldberg, and the Klezmatics, was presented by La Mama, E. T. C., and The Jewish Museum in New York. Ms. Svigals and the Klezmatics recorded two albums for EMI with violinist Itzhak Perlman, one of which is one of the best-selling folk albums of all time. They performed with him on PBS' Emmy-winning Great Performances documentary In the Fiddler's House and on Late Night with David Letterman, and appeared with Mr. Perlman in concert at Radio City Music Hall, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap and other venues.

 
Jazz pianist MARILYN LERNER has performed to international acclaim from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th century classical music, and she has composed for film, theater, radio and television. Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with The Queen Mab Trio (clarinetist Lori Freedman and Dutch violist Ig Henneman) across Canada, the US and Europe. She also performs with Sonny Greenwich, the Mad Satie Trio (Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti), Nick Frasier and Matt Brubeck, Lou Grassi and Ken Filiano, and in the Jewish scene with the late Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, and David Wall. She has appeared with Steve Lacy, Tito Puente, Michael Vatcher and Gerry Hemingway.

Lerner's original music has garnered the Montreal International Jazz Festival award for best composition. A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes the independently produced Romanian Fantasy, a solo recording of improvisations on traditional Eastern European Jewish music; Thin Air (WIG) the Queen Mab Trio's new release based on Hector Berlioz' Queen Mab Scherzo; Luminance (Ambiences Magnetiques), solo improvised piano music using different microphone techniques; Special Angel (C.B.C. records), duo with jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwich; and with singer David Wall, Still Soft Voiced Heart, original settings of contemporary Yiddish poetry.
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