Alicia Svigals

Returning to Houston Cinema Arts Festival, accompanying her silent film musical collaborator Donald Sosin, is the singular Alicia Svigals, the world’s leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Klezmatics. She has performed with and written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, Debbie Friedman, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, filmmaker Judith Helfand, poet Allen Ginsburg, and many others. Her live silent film scoring projects, the award-winning The Yellow Ticket (presented at HCAF2013) and her new score, The Ancient Law (co-composed with Donald Sosin) are touring the world to considerable acclaim. Her CD Fidl (1996) reawakened klezmer fiddle tradition. Her newest CD is Beregovski Suite: Klezmer Reimagined, with jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer, is an original take on long-lost Jewish music from the Ukraine.