Tonight I had the good fortune to attend a musical program at Seatle's Swedish Center featuring Semmy Stahlhammer, First Concertmaster at the Stockholm Royal Opera, faculty member at the Stockholm Royal Music College, and solo artist on 20 CD recordings. In addition to classical and chamber music, he honors his Polish Jewish heritage with Stahlhammer Klezmer, a trio with accordion and cello. Who knew there was Klezmer music in Sweden? What a fabulous evening of music! I've just started reading his book Code Name Barber, which tells his father's story of life in Poland, then escaping as a teenager in German work camps, as a Polish partisan, in the Red Army, and finally ending up in Sweden with two of his brothers.
I'll be writing my thoughts and discoveries about everything klezmer. Feel free to add comments. Thanks!