Zilien Biret is a clarinetist, flutist, singer, teacher, and composer from Reunion Island. He has accompanied Yiddish dance at various festivals including Klezkanada, Ashkenaz festival, Boston Jewish Music festival, Montréal Jewish festival, Yiddish New York and Yiddish Summer Weimar. Zilien has studied clarinet with Andy Statman (Brooklyn, NY), Jorge Garcia (Colombia), Christian Dawid (Germany), and Joel Rubin (USA). He also studied Mandinka music in West Africa, Maloya music in Reunion Island, and Afro-Colombian music in Colombia. He has performed in South America, North America, Canada, Europe, Réunion Island, and West Africa with his klezmer music band Ichka (Montreal), Dan Kahn and the Painted Bird (Berlin), Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (Montreal), Zazakel (Reunion), Mota Soa (Madagascar), and Cie de la Calebasse (Paris).