Grammy Award winning violinist, singer, actor, and composer Lisa Gutkin is best known as a member of the acclaimed Klezmatics, and most recently for her musical score and performance in the Broadway hit Indecent. A two-time Tony Award Winner, Indecent was named #3 in Time Magazine’s Top 10 Broadway Plays and Musicals of 2017.
Lisa has had a storied career that reflects the eclectic nature of her life, passion, and creativity. A cameo performance in Sex and the City, a seat in Sting’s band for The Last Ship, a CD of original songs produced by John Lissauer, and a score for Pearl Gluck’s film Summer have taken her a long way from her beginnings as back up musician to the Fast Folk songwriters’ collective.
Praised for her “hauntingly emotional” vocals by the L.A. Times, and called “one hot fiddler” by Cyndi Lauper, her song writing has also been lauded. “Gonna Get Through This World”, co-written with Woody Guthrie, was described by Pete Seeger as “a piece of genius”.
In her ventures as soloist and band leader, Lisa might swing seamlessly from Klezmer to the blues, or between traditional Irish and Appalachian sounds. She might even put the violin down altogether, pick up a tenor guitar, and sing one of her own universally resonant songs. Wherever she goes, Lisa has an uncanny way of taking the audience with her.
Lisa plays one of the earliest Samuel Zygmuntowicz violins with one of the earliest Michael Yeats bows, carries her instrument in an Elipe case by Artonus, and uses an LR Baggs pick up system, for which she is an endorsee.