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Are you highly anticipating this year’s Stroum Lectures? Are you interested in meeting Anthony Russell in the flesh? Do you enjoy getting boba with friends? Are you an undergraduate or graduate student? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re in luck!

From 8:45 PM — 10:00 PM (or later) on Thursday, May 4, head over to Boba Up on “the Ave” for free boba and low-stakes face-time with the guests of honor. Right after his performance, you can:

• Meet Anthony and Dmitri — and learn their Boba orders!

• Ask questions about their careers, music, and lives

• Get to know them on a more personal level

• Mingle with other like-minded students from across the UW’s School of Music, German Department, Jewish Studies Center, History Department, and more.

If interested, please register here. Anthony and Dmitri look forward to mingling and kicking back with you all after the show!

About the Musicians

Portrait of Anthony Mordechai Tzvi RussellAnthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is a performer, composer and arranger specializing in music in the Yiddish language. His work in traditional Ashkenazi Jewish musical forms led to a musical exploration of his own ethnic roots through the research, arrangement and performance of African American folk music, resulting in the EP Convergence (2018), a collaboration with klezmer consort Veretski Pass exploring the sounds and themes of one hundred years of African American and Ashkenazi Jewish music.
Inspired by an ethnographic trip to Belarus and Poland as a Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellow, Anthony formed a duo, Tsvey Brider (“Two Brothers”), with accordionist and pianist Dmitri Gaskin for the creation of new music set to modernist Yiddish poetry of the 20th century. Their new album, Kosmopolitn, is set for release this August on the Borscht Beat label.
Hadar Rising Song Fellow (2021-22), Anthony is also an essayist on music and culture in a number of publications including Jewish Currents and Moment Magazine.  Anthony lives in Atlanta, GA with his husband of seven years, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum.

Portrait of Dmitri Gaskin smilingDmitri Gaskin is an accomplished accordion player, composer, and arranger specializing in Klezmer and Romanian folk music. He performs with several Klezmer bands throughout California, most notably with Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band. Dmitri has also performed and taught at several music festivals, including KlezKalifornia.
Outside of klezmer music, Dmitri won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for a contemporary classical composition. He also formed Harmonikos, a performing collective of young composers and musicians.
Dmitri studied accordion with Josh Horowitz and Alan Bern. He lives in California with his wife and their three accordions.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and accommodation in its services, programs, and activities. To make a request connected to a disability or health condition contact Grace Dy at (206) 543-0138 or jewishst@uw.edu at least 10 days before the event.