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KLEZMER WORKSHOP with Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz
The Olympia Ballroom
Olympia, WA
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KLEZMER WORKSHOP with Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz
Yale Strom will teach musicians the fundamentals of playing Klezmer based upon his 30 years of extensive ethnographic field research and musical study among the Jewish and  Roma musicians in Eastern Europe.  From scales to ornamentation to improvisation Yale
will have all students jamming at the end of the workshop.  Yale's research in Eastern Europe has resulted in 13 books, 8 documentary films, 3 plays and 13 cd's. Yale will use his most recent book Shpil ,The Art of Playing Klezmer in teaching the workshop.

Elizabeth Schwartz will teach the singers a brief history of Yiddish song and how Yiddish pronunciation is vital, but only as vital as the interpretation and performance of the song.  Elizabeth has sung throughout the world and her specialty is singing Yiddish songs from Romania and new Yiddish songs written by Yale Strom. She has recorded 2 CD's with Hot Pstromi an the Naxos label and 2  more on the ARC-UK label.

Violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer and playwright Yale Strom was a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities since the early 1981. Initially, his work focused primarily on the use and performance of klezmer music among these two groups. Gradually, his focus increased to examining all aspects of their culture, from post-World War II to the present. Over more than 2 decades and 75 such research expeditions, Strom has become one of the world's leading scholar-ethnographer-artists of klezmer music and history.

His klezmer research was instrumental in helping form the repertoires of his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi. Since he began first band in 1981, Strom 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 songs to 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 & Fools: Jewish Short Stories from the Old World to the New, hosted by Leonard Nimoy, as well as numerous film (A Life Apart) and dance (Malashock Dance Troupe) 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 commissioned by synagogues like B'nai Jeshurun in New York City. His many recordings run the gamut of traditional klezmer to "new" Jewish music and have appeared on Top Ten, Year's Best and critically acclaimed lists across North America. Strom has performed with many world renowned musicians including Andy Statman, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Mark O'Connor, Alicia Svigals, Samir Chatterjee, Salman Ahmad, Damian Draghici, Adam del Monte, Lulo Reinhardt, Sunny Jain and many other virtuosi.

Elizabeth Schwartz is celebrated for her uniquely dusky timbre - Multiple reviews hail her "soulful", "passionate" and "penetrating" vocals. She has drawn numerous comparisons to both Edith Piaf and Maria Tanase. From her many appearances with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi and as a solo artist, Schwartz has built a loyal following among fans, critics and collaborators. Her first recording of Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino vocals for the Naxos World label, "Garden of Yidn", debuted on Canada's Mundial Top World Music poll. It was hailed as "a landmark in modern Yiddish song" (Sing Out! Magazine). Her vocals can be heard on the soundtrack for the documentary film "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!", as well as on the acclaimed Naxos World releases "Garden of Yidn" and " Café Jew Zoo", " Dveykes (Adhesion)", with Yale Strom, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser, Diane Moser and Benny Koonyevsky (Global Village Music) "The Absolutely Complete Klezmer II" (Transcontinental), "Borsht with Bread, Brothers" and "The Devil's Brides" (both with ARC Music UK).

In an historic, barrier-breaking concert, Schwartz was the first woman ever to sing in New York City's 125 year-old, landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue. She performs regularly across North America and Europe in venues ranging from jazz clubs to concert halls, as well as synagogues (Schwartz has performed in the two largest synagogues in Europe, in Budapest and Strasbourg) and festivals. She regularly performs with Yale Strom, Alicia Svigals, Mark Dresser, Salman Ahmad and Samir Chatterjee and has recorded and concertized with many others, including Hungarian supergroup Muzsikas , Tsimbl maestro Kalman Balogh , Romanian panflutist Damian Draghici , guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt, Marta Sebestyen, fiddle legend Mark O'Connor, Andy Statman and others.


The Olympia Ballroom (View)
116 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
United States


Music > Folk
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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