The Last Klezmer: The Life and Music of Leopold Kozlowski


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  • Speaker: Yale Strom, Filmmaker
  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 10/29/2014
  • Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

  • Location: UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    Prof. Yale Strom will speak about the history and influence of the Stoliner Khasidim of Detroit. The Stoliner Khasidim were known for being innovative composers and Strom will speak about the musical influences of Motown and the Stoliner melodies he heard while as a child growing in Detroit. Both had pumping rhythms and catchy melodies which have influenced Strom's klezmer ensemble HOT PSTROMI until today.

    Yale Strom is one of the world's leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer & Rom music and history. His klezmer research was instrumental in forming the repertoire of his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi, based in New York and San Diego. Since his first trip to the Eastern Bloc in 1981, Strom has conducted over 75 such ethnographic research treks. He has personally contributed to the revival of Jewish culture in countries like Poland, and has inspired a generation of fellow artist-researchers.  Strom's prodigious body of work includes 13 books, his new release being "Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer" (Scarecrow) Press), 14 recordings (new Cd of Yiddish songs by Shmuel Polonski), 8 documentary films, many photo exhibitions and 4 dramas. His latest play is a drama called "Chagall" about the life of this world renown artist which will premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in Dec. 2015. In addition to his art, Strom is artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University.

    Sponsored by: Judaic Studies, Copernicus Program in Polish Studies