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Mikveh is five of the top musicians on the international klezmer scene, who have joined together to create music that reflects the experience of Jewish women.
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Mikveh made its debut at the 1998 gala production of Obie-winning playwright Eve Ensler's V-Day, which also featured performances by worldrenowned musicians and actresses Phoebe Snow, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Calista Flockhart, Lily Tomlin, and Margaret Cho. Mikveh draws on the rich traditions of Yiddish song and the wild and soulful instrumental music known as klezmer. They compose new music and rediscover rare and remarkable historical material as well. They collaborate with other women composers writing new Jewish music (such as Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman), interpolate new material into older works, and perform creative English song-lyric translations.
Accordionist Lauren Brody is an alumna of pioneering klezmer revival band Kapelye, with whom she toured and recorded for over a decade.
She's also a Yiddish singer well known for her unique old-world sound. Brody leads a parallel life as a performer of the traditional music of Bulgaria and Macedonia, and has won a series of grants to conduct groundbreaking research in Bulgaria on early folk music recordings.
She currently performs with internationally acclaimed Bulgarian gypsy saxophonist Yuri Yunakov, with whom she toured Australia last spring.
«Lauren Brody (contributed) a multiplicity of styles, virtuosic technique and literate improvisation...vocal elegance» - San Francisco Weekly
Adrienne Cooper is considered by many to be the leading female performer of Yiddish vocal music today.
She has mentored and inspired a generation of singers and bands in the burgeoning klezmer revival, including the Klezmatics, with whom she continues to collaborate. She co-wrote and starred in The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln, a theater piece whose run at La Mama in January 2000 was acclaimed by the New York Times. Ms. Cooper has appeared on concert, theater and club stages around the world, and her singing has been featured on film soundtracks, radio, television, and twenty recordings, including Ghetto Tango and the Grammy nominated Partisans of Vilna.
«Electric moments...Adrienne Cooper provided the kind of experience that happens when a great singer delivering a great song touches an audience in mind, heart and memory» - The Gazette, Montreal
Nicki Parrott is a noted double bassist on the jazz scene in New York and in her native Australia.
She has performed with Doc Cheatham, Clark Terry, the all-women big band DIVA, and other jazz luminaries, and her artistry has been heard by millions via her appearances on Australian national television and radio.
«Nicki Parrott's bass lead transformed a conservative audience into an enthusiastic mob demanding double encores» - Downbeat Magazine
Violinist Alicia Svigals is considered by many to be the world's leading klezmer fiddler.
She is a founder of the renowned Jewish roots group the Klezmatics, and has worked as a musician and composer with Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), Allen Ginsberg, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Jewish spiritual singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, Hasidic superstar Avraham Fried and many others.
She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS's Great Performances, and NPR's Weekend Edition and New Sounds. Her solo recording Fidl, the world's first klezmer fiddle CD, is on the Traditional Crossroads label. In addition to her musical activities, Alicia Svigals writes and lectures on traditional and contemporary Jewish music.
«Listening to Alicia Svigals' violin wail...is nothing short of an ethereal musical experience, like turning an ear to heaven and listening» - The Jewish Reporter, Las Vegas
Trumpeter Susan Watts Hoffman represents the youngest generation of a klezmer dynasty that reaches back to the Jewish Ukraine of the 19th century, beginning with her great-grandfather, bandleader Joseph Hoffman.
She is the sole living purveyor of a trumpet style and sound which electrified Jewish-American audiences for decades.
Today, audiences are dazzled by Susan and her mother, the great klezmer drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts, and their band KlezMs.
Susan has recorded and performed with Hankus Netsky of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Frank London's brass project, Der Shikere Kapelye. She also composes for film, including the award-winning Breath, and A Joyful Noise, a documentary on Philadelphia klezmer.
«You haven't heard trumpet like this before...Susan Watts Hoffman contributes sounds which range from moody to bright; from joyful wahs to quiet muted whispers; from funky blasts to soothing melodies» - Life on Mars