2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow
“Andy Statman is the real thing – a musician’s musician.”– The New Yorker
“Andy Statman is a master of two idioms linked only by their demand for virtuosity and their down-home origins.” – The New York Times
Exploring the roots of klezmer and American bluegrass with improvised jazz, Andy Statman is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s most brilliant klezmer musicians. As an accomplished clarinetist and mandolin player, he has recorded numerous albums, from traditional klezmer and bluegrass to improvisations on niggunim, mystical melodies associated with Hassidic Judaism. He is the protege of klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras.