Brotman, Stuart

 Performers

Stuart Brotman, bass, basy (cello), tilinca and baraban (poik), has been an accomplished performer, arranger and recording artist in the ethnic music field for over 50 years. He has been a moving force in the klezmer revival since its beginning, and has defined klezmer bass (“It’s a large instrument that plays really low and has an accent.”)

  • Background : Stuart holds a B.A. in music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, and has taught at KlezKamp, Buffalo on the Roof, the Balkan Music and Dance Workshops, KlezKanada, KlezCalifornia, and numerous European festivals and institutes, including Oxford University, Klezfest London, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Klezmer Festival Fürth, and the Krakow Jewish Festival. Stu has been recording, performing and teaching with world class ensembles Brave Old World since 1989, and Veretski Pass (2002), and is featured in the PBS Great Performances film and CD, “Itzhak Perlman, in the Fiddler’s House,” and in the 2010 documentary, “Song of the Lodz Ghetto.” He also performs and records with Khevrisa, Stempanyu's Dream, Andy Statman, Klezmer Conservatory Band, The Klezmorim, Klex-X, Klezmatics, Red Hot Chachkas.
  • Programs : Accompanist on bass, basy, cimbalom, tuba, baraban, and a variety of Eastern European ethnic instruments.