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An Evening with Veretski Pass

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)
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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets

Veretski Pass has embarked on uncharted territory with a new project dedicated to performing pieces collected by Sofia Magid, a Jewish ethnographer who worked intensively to document Jewish music in Belarus and Ukraine during Stalin’s regime in the 1920s and 1930s. Magid’s six hundred recordings, which had been left untouched since they were created, include music that was not only collected by a woman, but which also features rare examples of women’s themes. Veretski Pass’s The Magid Chronicles is a collection of new compositions, improvisations, and re-compositions derived from and inspired by the Magid collection and drawing on cultures as diverse as Romanian, Turkish, and Greek, as well as the Hutsul traditions of western Ukraine and Romania.

Stuart Brotman, bass, basy (cello), and baraban (bass drum), has been a performer, arranger, and recording artist in world music for more than fifty years. He has been recording, touring, and teaching new Jewish music with the ensemble Brave Old World since 1989. Brotman 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.

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 the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Horowitz has received more than forty international awards for his work. His books include The Ultimate Klezmer and The Sephardic Songbook.

Cookie Segelstein, violin and viola, is co-founder and director of Veretski Pass and a member of the bands Budowitz and The Youngers of Zion. She is publisher of The Music of... series of klezmer transcriptions and is active as a Holocaust educator and curriculum advisor. Before moving to California, Segelstein was principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in the New Haven Symphony.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.