Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, live in Somerville!!

Alicia Svigals, violin
With Mimi Rabson, violin
Jim Guttman, bass
Pete Rushefsky, tsimbl

Thursday Aug 3, 9 p.m.
Johnny D’s
17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144, (617) 776-2004

Before the big klezmer bands of the new world arose with their brass and
drums, there were the archetypical Jewish orchestras of the old world, led by
the fiddle and bourne aloft by the otherworldy sounds of the harp-like
‘tsimbl’, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. Renowned violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder
of the Klezmatics and one of the world’s foremost klezmer fiddlers, presents a program
of those ancient and ecstatic Jewish melodies, accompanied by the scene’s
top players on fiddle, tsimbl and string bass: Mimi Rabson, Pete Rushefsky and
Jim Guttman.

Alicia Svigals has played with and written 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, Hasidic superstars Avraham Fried and Lipa Shmelzer, and many
others. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS’
Great Performances, on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, Weekend Edition and New
Sounds, and on the soundtrack for the L-Word. Her wedding and bat/bar mitzvah
band, Klezmer by Alicia Svigals, LLC plays klezmer, jazz, rock etc. at
parties from Boston to D.C. She can be reached at her website,