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About Elizabeth Schwartz

Elizabeth Schwartz is celebrated for her uniquely dusky timbre - Multiple reviews have hailed her "soulful", "passionate" and "penetrating" vocals. She has drawn numerous comparisons to both Edith Piaf and Romania’s Maria Tanase. From her many appearances with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi and as a solo artist, Schwartz has built a loyal following among fans, critics and collaborators. Her first recording of Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino vocals for the Naxos World label, "Garden of Yidn”, debuted on Canada's Mundial Top World Music poll. It was hailed as “a landmark in modern Yiddish song” (Sing Out! Magazine). Her vocals can be heard on the soundtrack for the documentary film “L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!”, as well as on the acclaimed Naxos World releases "Garden of Yidn" and “ Café Jew Zoo”, " Dveykes (Adhesion)", with Yale Strom, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser, Diane Moser and Benny Koonyevsky (Global Village Music) "The Absolutely Complete Klezmer II" (Transcontinental), "Borsht with Bread, Brothers" and "The Devil's Brides" (both with ARC Music UK).elizabeth schwarts

In a historic, barrier-breaking concert, Schwartz was the first woman invited to sing in New York City's 125 year-old, landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue. She performs regularly across North America and Europe in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, jazz clubs, stages, synagogues and festivals. She regularly performs with Yale StromAlicia SvigalsMark DresserSalman Ahmad and Samir Chatterjee and has recorded and concertized with many others, including Hungarian supergroup Muzsikas , Tsimbl maestro Kalman Balogh , Romanian panflutist Damian Draghici , guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt, Marta Sebestyen, fiddle legend Mark O'ConnorAndy Statman, Tovah Feldshuh, violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, percussionist Sunny Jain and others. 

Schwartz also performs with the "Common Chords" ensemble, which explores harmony, peace, understanding, improvisation and great music between traditionally conflicted cultures.

She is the subject of the documentary film, "Rumenye, Rumenye: Searching for Schwartz", directed by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Radu Gabrea. 

As a writer, Schwartz contributes a food blog, “Di Grine Cuisine: A Vegetarian Yiddish Eater, At Home and Abroad” to theweiserkitchen.com, co-created the award-winning audio drama “The Witches of Lublin”, contributed a chapter on klezmer vocal technique to “Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer” (Scarecrow Press) and has written the book for the musical “Chagall” (opening at the La Jolla Playhouse November 2015), in which she also performs.
She contributes a blog, "Di Grine Cuisine: A Vegetarian Yiddish Eater at Home and Abroad" to the Weiser Kitchen's online food magazine.


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