Klezmer music has its origin within the Jewish Eastern-European instrumental folk music of pre-WWII Ashkenazi Yiddish-speaking communities. Its fascinating character is compounded by the duality of melancholy and joy, expressing the “singing of the soul” and imitating the human voice, e.g. sobbing and laughing.
Valeria Conte is an Italian musician and researcher of Klezmer music and its relation with Jewish culture. Valeria leads the ”Klezmer” and ”Jewish Music & Song” courses at Paideia Folkhögskola and the ”Open-Air Klezmer Jam Sessions – Stockholm”. She performs in various multicultural projects in Europe and Israel and recently released two EPs of original compositions recorded with her band ”Valeria’s Klezmer Chariot”.