Alicia Svigals is a master of the klezmer violin. Her virtuosic yet intimate interpretations of the traditional klezmer repertoire have made her one of the most important voices in klezmer music today. Named "Best Klezmer Musician" at the Fifth International Klezmer Festival Competition, Svigals has toured and recorded extensively with The Klezmatics, of which she is a founding member, and appeared in the TV documentary In The Fiddler's House performing with violinist Itzhak Perlman. 'Fidl' is the Yiddish word for violin, an instrument which for centuries gave voice to Jewish musicality, emotion, and spirit. On this, her debut solo recording, Svigals performs both poignant improvisations and lively melodies from the klezmer repertoire. The first Klezmatic to go "wireless," Alicia Svigals recreates traditional klezmer tunes on this acoustic recording which spotlights the haunting energy of the solo violin, backed by bass, accordion, tsimbl, flute, and drums. A return to klezmer's roots in the fiddle tradition, in Svigals' own inimitable style.
New Digital Recording with extensive notes by Walter Zev Feldman.
"Dem Tzadiks Zemerl" (The Sage's Mother) is a three part tune in minor, modulating into relative major. Of Hasidic origin. Svigals on fiddles, with Steve Greenman, rhythm fiddle and Pablo Aslan, bass. Traditional, used by permission of artist.