This Day in Jewish History 1965: Globe-trotting Mountain Jew, Ahead-of-his-time Classical Composer Dies

The compositions left behind by Aaron Avshalomov, who had lived in Siberia, Switzerland and China before ending up in the U.S., might be better suited for a globalized world that has a high regard for cultural fusion.

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On April 26, 1965, Aaron Avshalomov, a Siberian-born Mountain Jew, an autodidact musician and composer who spent much of his life in China, and whose compositions reflected the different cultures he lived in,...