Jeremy S. Bloom is a sound designer, composer, and accordionist from Brooklyn, NY. A musician since the age of four, he has actively studied, played, and shared Eastern European folk music for 16 years. His musical sensibilities, aural savvy, and attention to detail fuel his carefully crafted and spatially dynamic sound designs for the stage.
Since his first visit to Turkey in 2007, Jeremy returns frequently, often finding inspiration for his work in the back streets of Istanbul's Beyoğlu district. In 2011 he spent a year studying at Boğaziçi University and playing in Istanbul's vibrant street music scene, and experience that allowed him not only to hone his accordion skills, but also to feel the pulse of the city's streets, its many characters, and become conversationally fluent in Turkish.
Jeremy has travelled extensively around Turkey, The Republic of Georgia, and The Balkans. He documents his experiences photographically on his blog, "Beyond the Balkans." In 2012, he hosted a program by the same title on WVKR Independent Radio Poughkeepsie, bringing an eclectic mix of music and interviews arranged by a new transnational category each week. In 2009, while living with Roma families, Jeremy studied human rights and researched Albanian nationalism as it relates to the Kosovar hardcore music scene in Prishtina.
In his free time, Jeremy enjoys cooking, carpentry, and outdoor adventure sports. He has trekked solo in Turkey's Toros mountains while depending on the hospitality of local shepherds.