Lorin Sklamberg (USA; voice, accordion)

is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Yiddish-American roots band the Klezmatics. He has been heard on innumerable recordings and live shows, solo and in collaboration with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman (dueting on his original composition, “Nign”), Chava Alberstein, Don Byron, Jane Siberry, Marc Cohn, Odetta, Esma Redzepova, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Grammer, Neil Sedaka, Natalie Merchant and Tony Kushner. His song “Headdy Down” (from the Klezmatics’ 2006 Grammy winner Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie) was published in Sing Out! magazine.
He has composed and performed for film, dance, stage and circus, and has produced a number of recordings of world and theater music. He also teaches Yiddish song from São Paulo, London, Paris and Weimar to Kiev and St. Petersburg. His and Frank London's programs of Hasidic “spirituals” have resulted in three critically-acclaimed compact discs. Ongoing collaborations include Saints and Tzadiks, a concert and cd combining Yiddish and Irish songs created together with Dublin-born chanteuse Susan McKeown; he is also a featured performer in the Andrea Pancur/Ilya Shneyveys Alpen Klezmer Bavarian/Yiddish project and in Semer Label Reloaded with Alan Bern.
By day Lorin serves as the Sound Archivist of New York’s YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. “One of the premier American singers in any genre.” - Robert Christgau, All Things Considered, National Public Radio.
Photo: Gorg Fromme