The Musicians

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes
Narrator for: "The Devil's Brides"
Companion Music CD

 

Miriam Margolyes was born in Oxford in 1941 and has an English Literature degree from Cambridge University. She enjoys working in films, television, theatre and radio. Miriam's film credits include "Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets", "Ladies in Lavender", "Magnolia", "Cats & Dogs", "James & the Giant Peach", "Cold Comfort Farm", "End of Days", "Sunshine", "The Age of Innocence", (for which she won the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress) "Pacific Heights", 'Yentl", "Little Shop of Horrors", "I Love You to Death", "Little Dorrit" and "William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet".

Her numerous television credits include "Merlin", "Blackadder", "Oliver Twist", "Freud", "Life & Loves of a She-Devil", "Vanity Fair", "The History Man" & "The Lost Tribe". She presented "Tuscany to Go", a 10 part series, "Dickens in America" for the BBC. She has appeared on all the major talk shows in the UK & US,(Johnny Carson, Jay Leno) & is known for her outspoken political views.

Her theatre roles include West End productions of "Endgame", "Wicked" (she played Madame Morrible on Broadway), "She Stoops to Conquer", "Cloud Nine", "The Vagina Monologues", "The Killing of Sister George", "The Threepenny Opera" and the award-winning "Dickens' Women", which she will perform in England, America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada during 2012. She has just finished an acclaimed season at the Crucible Theatre, "Sheffield in Me & My Girl" which will soon open in London.

Miriam is England's best-known female voice-over artist. In 1997 she won The Talkies' Performer of the Year for "The Queen & I", the largest-selling audiotape ever to be produced in the UK, in which she played every member of the Royal Family. Her voice can be heard in these films: "Mulan", "Babe", "Happy Feet", "Flushed Away" and on countless audio books.

Other awards include a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress (1993), a Sony Best Actress on Radio Award (1993), and the LA Critics Circle Co-winner for Best Supporting Actress (1989). In 2002, H.M. The Queen honored Miriam with the Order of the British Empire for her Services to Drama.

Yale

Yale Strom

Yale Strom
Composer-Arranger, Music Director & Violin

 
Yale Strom and the Art of Yale Strom (bandleader and violin) is the world's leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music, culture and history. His prodigious klezmer research was instrumental in helping form the repertoire of his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi, based in New York and San Diego.  Since Strom’s first band began in 1981, he has been composing his own New Jewish music, which combines klezmer with Hasidic nigunim, Rom, jazz, classical, Balkan and Sephardic motifs. These compositions range from quartets to a symphony, which premiered with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He composed original music for the Denver Center production of Tony Kushner's The Dybbuk. He also composed all the New Jewish music for the National Public Radio series Fiddlers, Philosophers & Fools: Jewish Short Stories from the Old World to the New, hosted by Leonard Nimoy, as well as numerous film and dance scores. Strom is also one of the only top composers of Jewish music to carry on the tradition of writing original songs, with English and Yiddish lyrics, about humanitarian and social issues. His twelve CDs run the gamut from traditional klezmer to "new" Jewish music. His latest CDs are "Borsht with Bread, Brothers" (Arc Music) and "Absolute Klezmer Vol. 2nd" (Transcontinental Music). Strom is also a prolific and award-winning author, filmmaker and photographer.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth
Schwartz

Elizabeth Schwartz Vocals

 
Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals) is celebrated for her uniquely dusky timbre - Multiple reviews hail her "soulful", "passionate" and "penetrating" vocals.  She has drawn numerous comparisons to both Edith Piaf and Maria Tanase.  From her many recordings and performances with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, Schwartz has built a loyal following among fans, critics and collaborators. As a klezmer singer, she performs regularly across North America and Central, Eastern and Northern Europe in venues ranging from jazz clubs to synagogues to concert halls, and is proud to have performed as a soloist in the two largest synagogues in Europe (Budapest and Strasbourg). Noted collaborators include Yale Strom, Alicia Svigals, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Salman Ahmad, Samir Chatterjee, Hungarian super group Muzsikas, Tsimble maestro Kalman Balogh, Romanian panflutist Damian Draghici, the virtuosic members of Hot Pstromi, and many others. Schwartz is the subject of the documentary film, "Rumenye, Rumenye", directed by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Radu Gabrea.  Schwartz's klezmer recordings include "Garden of Yidn"  and "Café Jew Zoo" (Naxos World Music), "Dveykes (Adhesion)" (Global Village Records label), "Absolute Klezmer Vol. II” (Transcontinental), "Borsht with Bread, Brothers" (ARC Music UK) and the compilation “Rough Guide to the Klezmer Revival” (World Music Network).

Alexander Fedoriouk

Alexander
Fedoriouk

Alexander Fedoriouk Tsimbl

 

Alexander Fedoriouk began playing the tsimbl (cimbalom) at the age of 7 in his home-town of Kolomyia, Ukraine. Growing up in the Carpathian mountains, he played at weddings in mountain villages in Ukraine and Moldavia. He studied music at the Kolomyia Music School, Chernivsty Musical College and received his Bachelor's degree in music from The Kiev State Conservatory. He studied ethnomusicology for his Masters Degree at Cleveland State University. He has performed as a soloist with New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Orchestra Nashville, Johnstown Symphony, Youngstown Youth Orchestra, New York Chamber Ensemble, The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Troisty Muzyky Folk Ensemble, The Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, The Duquesne University Tamburitzans, Cheres and Harmonia. He appeared in the Ukrainian musical movies Pisne Kalynova and Namysto Dlia Berehyni. He recorded for movie soundtracks such as: Thruth About Chalie, Over my Dead Body, Obcina The Call of the Mountain and The Skull Key. He received awards at the national competition on folk instruments in 1987 and 1991 in Ukraine, and in Nebraska in 1997.

Since he has been in the United States he has been featured as a soloist on a number of recordings: The Art of the Cimbalom, Harmonia, Crossing Paths, Papa Duke, Herbie MAn and Sona Terra, Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors, Forest Song, Stempenyu's Dream, Kruno Gypsy Jazz Guitar, Skin, Hazmat Modine, Nigel Pulsford, Balkans Without Borders, Balkanalia, Vessel of song, Eletfa, Pastures of Plenty, Gypsy Killer, Cheres, We Are One, Unblocked, The World in Our Backyard, Klezsqueese... He has recorded with Nigel Pulsford of Bush, legendary jazz flautist Herbie Mann and performed in Carnegie hall with John Cale of the Velvet Undeground.




Sprocket

Sprocket

Sprocket Bass

 
Sprocket  has been performing on the bass for more than thirty years, playing classical, jazz, blues, country, klezmer, Balkan and middle eastern music. His playing can be heard on a number of recordings including ones with Tommy Tucker, Michael Moore, Andy Statman and Yale Strom.

Sprocket has worked at David Gage String Instruments for over twenty years. As a master luthier at the workshop in New York City, he has the opportunity to work on double basses and cellos from around the world.

He has been overheard saying more than once that he learned his craft in part because of his love of the instruments, and in part out of self-defense!
Peter Stan

Peter Stan

Peter Stan Accordeon

 
Peter Stan is an accomplished professional accordionist who both performs and teaches.  His heritage is Romani Balkan, although he was born and raised in Australia prior to coming to the U.S. when he was 12 years old.  At an early age he began to learn how to play the accordion and was taught by his father, also an accordionist, for many years. His entire family is musical and they enjoyed playing together. Peter then went on to further studies with Matthew Aldini (Queensboro Institute of Music), Dr.Jacob Nupauer, Stanley Darrow, and Joan Arnold. He has won prizes in several prestigious accordion competitions including those sponsored by the American Accordion Musicological Society and the Long Island Music Teachers Association. Peter does a wide variety of performing as a soloist, with small groups, and with bands. He plays a broad range of musical styles including Balkan, classical, French favorites, Klezmer, popular, and contemporary. He has also performed in movies, appearing with James Earl Jones and Armando Assante, and has done numerous studio soundtrack recordings. Peter has performed on radio, cable television, off-Broadway, and for the famous Mark Morris dance group. When his schedule permits, Peter entertains (alone or with a group) at celebratory functions such as weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s, birthdays, and anniversaries. Peter has been the lead accordionist with many bands including Slavic Soul Party, Harold Seletsky, The West End Klezmorim, and Hot Pstromi (Yale Strom). His wide range of performances includes playing at Carnegie Hall (1st Jazz and Jewish music concert),  Merkin Hall, Irving Plaza, and Joe’s Pub in New York City; the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, Texas ; and the two-week annual Mayim Mayim Project in Fuerth, Germany. He has toured in Hong Kong, France, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Denmark, Serbia, and throughout much of the United States. In March 2008 Peter was interviewed by Francoise Jallot and appeared in a feature article about him and his work in the celebrated French magazine “Accordeon & Accordeonistes.”

 

 

 

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