Hot Flashes Accompanist/Vocal Coach

Clara Byom

Clara Byom is an Albuquerque-based multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, and accordion), musicologist, and educator.  ?She performs contemporary classical music and a variety of folk dance music, including Jewish klezmer, contra, English Country, Balkan, Scottish, and Irish.  Clara is a founding member of Di Kavene KapelyeEdith BoulevardRusty TapThe Parson SistersSalsola Consortdrip project, and co-founder/co-director of New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble.  Additionally, she performs regularly with Dust City Opera and serves on the board of the New Mexico Folk    Music and Dance Society. A graduate of the University of New Mexico (Master of Music in Clarinet Performance and      Musicology), Clara has researched mid-century American klezmer music for her master’s thesis entitled “Mixing in Too Much Jewish: American Klezmorim in New York City from 1950-1970.”  In 2018, she presented at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Belgium, as a finalist in the Research Competition, and at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology.  In 2012, Clara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA.
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