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Yale Strom (Klezmer Composer/Violinist)

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Yale Strom (violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, playwright) is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities.

From more than 2 decades and 75 such research expeditions, Strom has become the world's leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music and history. His klezmer research was instrumental in helping form the repertoires of his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi in New York and San Diego.

Since Strom's first band began in 1981, he has been composing his own New Jewish music, which combines klezmer with Hasidic nigunim, Rom, jazz, classical, Balkan, and Sephardic motifs. These compositions range from quartets to a symphony, which premiered with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

He composed original music for the Denver Center production of Tony Kushner's The Dybbuk. He also composed all the New Jewish music for the National Public Radio series Fiddlers, Philosophers and Fools: Jewish Short Stories from the Old World to the New, as well as numerous film and dance scores.

Strom is also one of the only top composers of Jewish music to carry on the tradition of writing original songs with Yiddish lyrics about humanitarian and social issues, as well as melodies for synagogue liturgy. His thirteen CDs run the gamut of traditional klezmer to "new" Jewish music. Strom has performed with many world-renowned musicians including Andy Statman, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Mark O'Connor, Alicia Svigals, Joel Rubin, Hankus Netsky, Samir Chatterjee, Salman Ahmad, et al.

Yale Strom's website: www.yalestrom.com

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