Alicia and jazz/new music pianist Marilyn Lerner are Klezmer Unfettered, a duo that explores the outer regions of klezmer via improvisation. They have performed the concert program to acclaim from the City Winery in NYC and the Payomet festival in Wellfleet MA, to the Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver, Grinnell College in Iowa and the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.
They are currently touring the Yellow Ticket, a silent film and live original music project.
Of Klezmer Unfettered, Ari Davidow of the Klezmershack writes...
Svigals and Lerner enchant Amherst:
It was a concert worth driving two hours each way for as Canada's famed jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner (Flying Bulgars, duos with David Wall, etc.) met New York City's groundbreaking klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals halfway at the National Yiddish Book Center last night. Those present had come primarily to hear Svigals who was as incendiary and amazing as usual, and who was matched by the incomparable Lerner on piano. The two performed klezmer standards, each other's pieces, and even did some improvisation based on audience request. People kept looking at each other, "did you hear that"?