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How Could We Miss It? The Klezmer Revival’s Omission of Polish Jewry and the Salvage Ethnology of Veretski Pass

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

The American klezmer scene has largely passed over the music of the three million Jews who lived in pre-World War II Poland. With the new CD Poyln: A Gilgul, the Berkeley-based klezmer trio Veretski Pass revives and reinterprets the mazurkas, obereks, kujawiaks, and polkas that time, and most Jews, have forgotten.

Veretski Pass members Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, and Stuart Brotman discuss how they discovered these songs through field and archival research and demonstrate their process of repertoire reintegration, attempting to solve the riddle as to why this music was previously shunned. Veretski Pass will present source recordings as well perform live selections from their new CD.

Cookie Segelstein, violin and viola, is co-founder and director of Veretski Pass, a member of the bands Budowitz and The Youngers of Zion, and has performed with other leading ensembles. She is publisher of “The Music of...” series of klezmer transcriptions and is active as a Holocaust educator and curriculum advisor.

Joshua Horowitz is a composer who plays chromatic button accordion, cimbalom and piano. He is founder and director of Budowitz, a founding member of Veretski Pass, and has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman, Theodore Bikel, and many other artists. He has conducted extensive Jewish music field research in Eastern Europe.

Stuart Brotman, bass, basy (cello), and baraban (bass drum), has been a performer, arranger, and recording artist in world music for more than 50 years, recording, touring and teaching new Jewish music with the world-class ensemble Brave Old World since 1989. He is featured in the PBS Great Performances film and CD Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House and in the 2010 documentary Song of the Lodz Ghetto.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.


Earlier Event: June 11
Later Event: June 24