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From Nowogrodek to NY City and Beyond: The Music and History of Klezmer

February 22 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm CET


The word “klezmer” comes from Hebrew “kli zemer” which means “instrument of the singing”. Over time it came to signify the musicians themselves, and in current usage it also refers to the musical genre of East European Jewish dance music.

This lecture will look at the development of klezmer from medieval times through the 20th century, with the inclusion of photos, video and musical examples (some from Yale Strom himself). Many of the locations that will be discussed have been personally visited by Strom, who has done ethnographic research there.

With your contribution you will also be donating to YAAANA (The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America).

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About Yale

Yale Strom is a professor in the Music Dept.at San Diego State University. Prior to this he taught at New York University. Yale is also one of the world’s leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer and Roma music and history. He has conducted extensive ethnographic research throughout Eastern Europe and the Balkans since 1981. He has made nine documentary films, written fourteen books, has had numerous photo-exhibitions throughout the world and with his band Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi has made fifteen recordings. They run the gamut from traditional klezmer to “new” Jewish jazz. His band is on the ARC-UK label. Strom has also composed for theater, film, radio, television, symphony orchestras and various artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Sara Caswell, Salman Ahmad and many others. His latest documentary film is “American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs”. His newest music recording is Yale Strom’s Broken Consort: Shimmering Lights, and his latest audio drama (audible.com) is “Debs in Canton.”


February 22
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm CET
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