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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Rumen Shopov Rumen Shopov

Tower of Babel

A special concert featuring SDSU Jewish Studies artist-in-residence Yale Strom and his band will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2.
By Rhoda Nevins

San Diego State University Jewish Studies program artist-in-residence Yale Strom and his band will perform “Tower of Babel: Klezmer, Roma, Balkan Dance Party” with special guest vocalist Rumen Shopov on tambura and Peter Stan on accordion. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in Smith Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public and parking is available in Structure P12.
The spirited music, some from Strom's ethnographic research, takes listeners on a trip to the villages of Eastern Europe and the Balkans where Jewish, Romani, Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek and Muslim musicians created rhythms still heard throughout the world.
Musicians include: Tim McNalley, contrabass; Fred Benedetti, guitar; Walt Richards, banjo; Tripp Sprague, tenor saxophone and harmonica; Duncan Moore, percussion; Elizabeth Schwartz, vocals; and Strom on violin.
Shopov is a singer, musician and teacher born and raised in Yampol, Bulgaria. His musical training took place in the streets of his neighborhood, in the Turkish-Romani quarter of Goce Delchev. He began drumming as a young boy during community processions, on instruments made from cans.
Although he was born and raised in Australia, Stan’s heritage is Romani. He began playing accordion at an early age and now performs internationally as a soloist and with small groups. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, , the International Accordion Festival in Texas and venues in Europe, Hong Kong, Turkey and throughout the United States. 
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