Bio


The Stahlhammer Klezmer Band, consisting of Semmy′s grandfather and
uncles, was founded 1920 in the Lublin area in Poland. The orchestra gave
concerts and played at parties until 1939. In the old picture the musicians
are seen with mandolins, guitars and balalaikas, but they also played
violin, cello, bass, harmonica, trumpet and drums.

The ensemble played traditional Jewish Eastern European party music, what
we today call klezmer, but they also played music that was popular at the
time and whatever they liked. They also kept a dance school.

World War II put an end to the ensemble. Semmy has written a book about
his family's destiny, Codename Barber, that describes the time before,
during and after the war.


Stahlhammer Klezmer Band 1930



Semmy Stahlhammer continues the family tradition with Stahlhammer Klezmer.
The trio has given concerts since 2009 at several festivals, Chamber music
associations, churches, synagogues and circus tents. Tours in the USA, Canada
and Macedonia. The Trio received grants from the Ingmar Bergman Foundation
and has played for the Swedish Radio & TV. CD is prepared for release in 2016.


Stahlhammer Klezmer Classic Trio



Klezmer music transmits stories that moves you. We can all relate to the
archetypical tone language. It is specific and yet universal. Through the mixture
of genres, people of different social and ethnical background will find something
familiar and maybe also discover something new.