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About Yale Strom

New York 's Jewish Week writes: “He's a gifted photographer and author, a talented documentary filmmaker and has his own klezmer band... Strom's multifaceted career is a wonder, and his work schedule is downright fiendish.”
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 Roma 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 3 decades and 75 such research expeditions, Strom has become one of the world's leading scholar-ethnographer-artists of klezmer music, history and culture.

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 Khasidic nigunim , Roma, 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. 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 Mike Block, Andy Statman, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Mark O'Connor, Alicia Svigals, Samir Chatterjee, Salman Ahmad, Damian Draghici, Adam del Monte, Lulo Reinhardt, Sunny Jain, Michael Alpert, Jeremy Kittle, Rachel Barton Pine and many other virtuosi.

Strom is a compelling educator. During his years teaching at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Strom created a course, "Artist-Ethnographer Expeditions" that remains in the curriculum. He is an artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University, a position that was created for him. He was the first klezmer violinist to be invited to instruct master classes at the American String Teachers Association and was the klezmer instructor at the prestigious Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp.

Strom's research has also resulted in photo documentary books, documentary films, CD recordings, plays and photo-exhibitions that have been seen and heard all over the world. Strom's latest music project is a recording of Shmuel Polonski's "Yiddish Songs for Youth" which is Strom's newest recording called "The City of the Future. Lastly he is in post- production on the documentary film called: American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs" which will be out by fall 2016.


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