Alicia Svigals is a composer, vocalist and the world's foremost Klezmer violinist, who almost singlehandedly rescued that fiddle tradition with her 1996 recording Fidl. Svigals is a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, whom she co-led for seventeen years. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC. She was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture's commission for her original score to the 1918 silent film The Yellow Ticket, which she performs with pianist Marilyn Lerner. She is currently touring a new silent film project,The Ancient Law, and recently released her follow-up to Fidl, entitled Beregovski Suite.
Svigals has taught, composed for, recorded and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, and has composed for the Kronos Quartet. She’s been featured in Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues at Madison Square Garden, and composer Osvaldo Golijov was commissioned to create a work for her and clarinetist David Krakauer entitled Rocketekiya, presented at Merkin Concert Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Svigals works in many genres, recording on projects from Hasidic star Avraham Fried's Avinu Malkeynu to the soundtrack to the L-Word, from string quartets for singer Diane Birch’s debut Bible Belt, to Indian-style violin on Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar’s Rishte. She’s performed in stadiums with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, recorded for John Cale and the Ben Folds Five and John Zorn’s Cobra. She wrote an Americana soundtrack for Judith Helfand's documentary The Uprising of 1934, arranged string quartets for singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman at Carnegie Hall, provided original music for choreographers Risa Jaroslow at Lincoln Center and Naomi Goldberg at the Ford Theater in L.A. Her album Vodkazak, produced by a Chabad rabbi, feature her Klezmer interpretations of Hasidic nigunim, a rare production from that community featuring a female artist.