Intersections Concert featuring Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi

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Intersections Concert featuring Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi

Yale Strom, Hot Pstromi and Guests: Exploration of traditional and new klezmer with a large dose of improvisation

By UC San Diego Park & Market

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Date and time

Tuesday, October 24 · 6 - 8:30pm PDT


UC San Diego Park & Market 1100 Market Street San Diego, CA 92101

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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You are invited to the Intersections Concert featuring Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi (10.24.23). Join UC San Diego for our Intersections Concert Series at Park & Market in the Guggenheim Theatre hosted by UC San Diego and New York-based violinist Yale Strom, one of the world’s leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer and Romani music and history.

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi is a U.S.-based klezmer ensemble that was started in 1982.

The original line up was Strom (violin), Andy Statman (clarinet and mandolin), Mark Dresser (bass), Ismail Butera (accordion) and Seido Salifoski (percussion). Concurrently, Strom led a klezmer ensemble based in California, originally called Zmiros, later Klazzj. Members included Jeff Pekarek, Fred Benedetti, Tripp Sprague, Gene Perry. Since 2006, both ensembles have been called Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, but the website's lineup reflects the current New York based lineup: Peter Stan (accordion), Norbert Stachel (Eb, Bb, and bass clarinets, C and bass flutes, soprano & tenor saxophones, oboe, English Horn, ethnic winds), Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals), Sprocket (bass), Klezmatics co-founder David Licht (percussion) and Strom (violin and bandleader). Other artists appear as featured guests on the ensemble's 21st Century recordings, including panflutist Damian Draghici, Andy Statman, accordionist Lou Fanucchi, accordionist Ismail Butera, bassist Marty Confurius, bassist Mark Dresser, bassist Jim Whitney, trumpeter Bud Burridge, percussionists Benny Koonyevsky and Jim Mussen, pianist Diane Moser, Klezmatics co-founder Lorin Sklamberg, tsimbl player Alexander Fedoriouk and others.

In October 2012, the ensemble released the book "Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer" (Scarecrow Press), a book that includes not only instruction for the individual - professional and amateur enthusiast - but a detailed history, suggested recordings and bibliography, and personalized instruction for violin (Yale Strom), accordion (Peter Stan), bass (Jeff Pekarek, from Strom's West Coast ensemble), reeds (Norbert Stachel), percussion (David Licht) and a rare chapter on how to sing klezmer vocals (Elizabeth Schwartz). What sets Hot Pstromi apart from other klezmer bands is much of the repertoire comes from Strom's many years of ethnographic research he has conducted in Eastern Europe. Many of the klezmer melodies and Yiddish songs come from Jews and Roma who played before and after the Holocaust that Strom interviewed and performed with. Strom's academic research can be found in his books: "The Book of Klezmer: The History, The Music, The Folklore from the 14th Century to the 21st, "Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer," "Dave Tarras: The King of Klezmer," and "The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook."

More info: The Intersections Concert is a new interdisciplinary event series, presented by UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies, taking place at the multi-tenant, mixed-use business, arts, and educational office building in downtown San Diego’s East Village. Intersections offers new, diverse takes on traditional ideas and forms in a variety of disciplines, from artistic performances to educational lectures will take place at Park & Market’s state-of-the-art Guggenheim Theatre. Hosted by UC San Diego and New York-based violinist Yale Strom, one of the world's leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer and Romani music and history.

About the organizer

The Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation (CDI) is a partnership between UC San Diego Extension and the Downtown San Diego Partnership, which is designed to deliver the resources needed to ensure that entrepreneurs and Downtown innovators have the skills, resources and connections needed to grow San Diego’s burgeoning urban innovation ecosystem. The CDI also aims to deliver a growing and diverse pipeline of STEM competent, work-ready talent. The CDI is leveraging the expertise of partner agencies including the City of San Diego, Startup San Diego and SEED San Diego, to ensure UC San Diego is delivering on its mission to serve the local community in concert with the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s commitment to enhancing growth and prosperity in the city.