Book Signing and Lecture on Klezmer Music

| April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Left to right are Jeff Pekarek, Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz who will be present for a book signing and concert.

World renowned artists Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz and Jeff Pekarek will present a book lecture and Klezmer concert and book signing with their new book, SHPIL: The Art of Playing Klezmer from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4054 Goldfinch Street, San Diego, CA 92103.

Klezmer music is the infectious East European Jewish instrumental folk music that was played at weddings and other celebrations. Klezmer music was an integral part of Yiddish culture and was also performed by the Roma (Gypsies) who sometimes played in Jewish ensembles. Klezmer music and Yiddish folk song was the soundtrack of the Jewish experience in Eastern Europe prior to the Holocaust. “SHPIL” (Yiddish for “play”) tells the history of klezmer along with chapters by members of Yale Strom’s klezmer ensemble Hot Pstromi. Each member writes about how they approach playing klezmer on their particular instrument. The individual chapters cover the accordion, bass, clarinet, drums, violin and vocals. “Shpil” is a book for music enthusiasts, amateur and professional musicians, both solo and ensemble.

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