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Some of the musicians who comprise Mikveh: Reflecting the unique experience of
Jewish women through klezmer.

natural to her. When she is not using
it to perform with Mikveh, the trum-
peter accepts engagements with both
klezmer and classical groups.
The instrumentalist regularly
appears with her mother, klezmer
drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts, with
whom she has made the CD I
Remember Klezmer, and she has
recorded and performed with Hankus
Netsky of the Klezmer Conservatory
Band and Frank London's Der Shikere
Kapelye.
Classically trained at the St. Louis
Conservatory of Music and Temple
University in Philadelphia, Hoffman
has composed for the films Breath and
A Joyful Noise.
'All of the Mikveh members have
songs in which they are individually
featured," says Hoffman, who traces
her musical heritage to her great-
grandfather, Ukraine bandleader
Joseph Hoffman. "We also will have
some songs recently added to our
repertoire."
Violinist Alicia Svigals, founder of
the Jewish roots group The
Klezmatics, launched Mikveh. She was
the one asked to assemble the "V-Day"
band by Ensler.
Svigals' early choice for the group
was Cooper, director of the Center for
Cultural Jewish Life at Workmen's
Circle in New York City and a stage
and recording artist with independent
projects.
Svigals, who has appeared in

Michigan several times, has worked as
a violinist and composer with Itzhak
Perlman, the Kronos Quartet and
playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote
lyrics about the mysticism of creation
for "Heart of the World," her compo-
sition on the Mikveh CD.
Other Mikveh members are accor-
dionist Lauren Brody and double
bassist Nicki Parrott.
Brody, who also performs with
Bulgarian gypsy saxophonist Yuri
Yunakov, is an alumna of the pioneer-
ing klezmer revival band Kapelye, with
whom she toured and recorded for 10
years.
A Yiddish singer who specializes in
the traditional music of Bulgaria and
Macedonia, the accordionist has won a
series of grants to conduct research on
early folk-music recordings in
Bulgaria.
Parrott, part of the jazz scene in New
York and her native Australia, has per-
formed with Doc Cheatham, Clark Terry
and the all-women big band DIVA.
"We love each opportunity to enter-
tain and hope the music touches
everyone," Hoffman says. "We have a
program honed from our experiences
at many venues." 111

Mikveh performs 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Jewish
Community Center in West
Bloomfield. $151$10 JCC mem-
bers. (248) 432-5517.

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