Lauren Brody is an accordionist, singer, researcher, professional piano tuner/technician and Fulbright
scholar from New York City. She is a pioneer of the Klezmer music revival in the United States and a
founding member of the groundbreaking band "Kapelye" formed in 1979. She has toured, recorded and
appeared on TV and film with Kapelye, and with the seminal all-female ensemble “Mikveh”. Lauren has
played the with The Klezmatics, Andy Statman, Michael Winograd, David Krakauer, Alicia Svigals, Frank
London, Merlin and Polina Shepherd and many other Klezmer luminaries. She was a trailblazer in the
domestic Balkan music scene and was the first female gadulka player in the United States. Lauren was an
original member of the first Bulgarian traditional folk orchestra “Pitu Guli”, formed in Los Angeles,
California in 1970 and has taught at EEFC’s Balkan Camp, Klezkamp, KlezCalifornia, KlezKanada and
Yiddish New York. She also toured and recorded with the “Yuri Yunakov Ensemble” and the “Ivan Milev
Balkan Folk Band”.
Lauren was the recipient of a Bulgarian Government stipend to study Bulgarian folk music during the
Communist period, from 1971-73, at the Bulgarian Conservatory of Music in Sofia. As a Fulbright scholar
to Bulgaria in 1990 she conducted research on the commercial recording industry and folk music, and
released two acclaimed reissues of 78 rpm recordings. “Song of the Crooked Dance” (1998, Yazoo
Records) is a single-disc recording with detailed historical information, pictures and song texts.
“Outsinging the Nightingale” (2010, JSP Records) is a 4-disc, 100-track collection with individual historical
and informational booklets.
Lauren continues to perform, with a particular accent on composing new music for her own
Balkan/Klezmer-inspired solo project “Lauren Brody’s Accordion Bytes”, and with the Bulgaria-based
accordion duo Brody-Stoikov.