Yale Strom, SDSU Jewish Studies artist-in-residence, performed for the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Sept. 12, as part of the Concert for Pakistan.
Strom played alongside Salman Ahmad and his internationally acclaimed Sufi rock band, Junoon. Other performers that evening included musicians from around the world, such as Sting and Gavin Rossdale.
The concert aimed to raise awareness of the plight of the Swat Valley refugees who fled the Taliban in Pakistan.
Common Chords Ahmad also plays with Strom in Common Chords*, a music ensemble that is trying to bridge the divide between Muslims and Jews by showing their music shares the same musical heritage. Through their music they bring Jews and Muslims together in dialogue and share in the beauty of each other’s musical folk traditions.
Common Chords performed at SDSU in April 2008**.
Strom is a violinist, composer, film maker, writer, photographer and playwright and the first graduate from SDSU with a Jewish Studies minor. He is now one of the world's leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer music and history.
His field research in Europe has lead to six award-winning documentary films and several books.
Strom's musical compositions have been heard on National Public Radio and performed around the world.
With his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi, and his wife, vocalist, Elizabeth Schwartz, he has created twelve albums. He lectures widely and has taught at New York University.
Strom was also a guest curator for a musical and photographic celebration of the newly restored Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan's Lower East Side in Oct. 2007.
For more information on Strom, visit his website