From her many appearances with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi and as a solo artist, Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals) 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”(1998), 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 soundtracks for the films “L’Chayim, Comrade Stalin!”, “Rumenye, Rumenye”, “Searching for Schwartz” and “American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs”. Beyond “Garden of Yidn”, her recordings include “Café Jew Zoo” (Naxos World, 2001), ” Dveykes (Adhesion)” (Global Village Music, 2007) “The Absolutely Complete Klezmer II” (Transcontinental Music, 2007), “Borsht with Bread, Brothers” (Montreal Gazette, Top Ten World Music Recordings, 2008), “The Devil’s Brides” (2012) “City of the Future” (2016) and with the project Yale Strom’s Broken Consort, “Shimmering Lights” (2018) (All three released by ARC Music UK).
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, officially breaking the ban on hearing a woman’s voice in that venue. She performs regularly across North America and Europe in venues ranging from jazz clubs to concert halls (including Carnegie Hall), as well as synagogues and festivals. Musical collaborations have included Alicia Svigals, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Salman Ahmad, Samir Chatterjee, Hungarian supergroup Muzsikas , Tsimbl maestro Kalman Balogh , Romanian panflutist Damian Draghici , guitar legend Lulo Reinhardt, Marta Sebestyen, fiddle legend Mark O’Connor, Andy Statman, Tovah Feldshuh, violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine and many others.
Schwartz is the subject of the documentary film, “Searching for Schwartz”, by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Radu Gabrea (z”l). As a writer, Schwartz co-created the award-winning audio drama “The Witches of Lublin” and contributed a chapter on klezmer vocal technique to “Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer” (Scarecrow Press). Her recipes of Jewish food can be found on www.theweiserkitchen.com, “A Wandering Feast: A Journey Through the Jewish Culture of Eastern Europe” (Jossey-Bass) and “It’s Always About the Food” (Harper Collins).