Director/Producer/Co-writer/Composer Yale Strom is an award-winning documentary filmmaker ("The Last Klezmer", "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!" plus eight more). He is also one of the world's leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer and Romani music and history, and has been conducting extensive ethnographic research throughout Eastern Europe since 1981. Yale's fifteen recordings with his ensemble, Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, run the gamut from traditional klezmer to "new" Jewish jazz. He has also composed for theatre, film, radio, television and symphony orchestras. Strom has also written twelve books. He is currently artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. Prior to this Strom taught at New York University, where he created a course in ethnography and art that is taught to this day.