Klezmer Music and Yiddish Songs

Tompkins Corner to host concert

On Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center in Putnam Valley will present a concert of klezmer fiddle music and Yiddish songs performed by violinist, vocalist and composer Alicia Svigals and accordionist Lauren Brody.

Alicia Svigals (photo by Tina Chaden)
Alicia Svigals (photo by Tina Chaden)

Svigals, a longtime resident of Putnam Valley, is the world’s best klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, which she led for 17 years. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, PBS’ “Great Performances,” NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” and “Weekend Edition” and played and composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and  Eve Ensler, the late poet Allen Ginsburg and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

Lauren Brody
Lauren Brody

Brody is a pioneer of the klezmer revival in the U.S. and a founding member of the band Kapelye. A Fulbright scholar, her research has led to two reissues of 78 rpm recordings of Bulgarian folk music, Song of the Crooked Dance (Yazoo Records) and Outsinging the Nightingale (JSP Records).

The cultural center is located at 729 Peekskill Hollow Road. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.