“Poyln – A gilgul”, Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin

Rediscovery of klezmer music from Poland, through metamorphosis of a melody

Publication : Golden Horn Records, 2015

This CD, built in chapters

inspired by the various stages of the Metamorphosis of a melody, the famous book by I. L. Peretz, features an obscure field of the klezmer music repertoire. If, as the band explains it in an interview, the renewal of klezmer music in USA formed itself mainly with the repertoire of Bessarabia, the variety of styles played by the East-European Jews wasn’t represented. It’s in particular the case for the style from Poland, partly , fopr which the sources available are fewer, or non-existent.

The beautiful Veretski Pass trio formed by Cookie Segelstein (violin), Joshua Horowitz (accordion, tsimbl) and Stuart Brotman (cello, bass) worked with clarinet player Joel Rubin. They brought their expertise and research to produce a surprising and original CD, a bit like the band Litvakus, for the klezmer music repertoire of Lithuania and Belarus. With talent, they recorded these pearls of klezmer music from Poland. Their repertoire combines cosmopolitan salon dances, repetitive dances going twards transe, and chasidic dances and pieces coming from the Kolberg (1814-1890) collections, a catholic priest who collected and published Jewish tunes among his 33 music writings.

The beautiful illustrations were done by Phil Blank.

Learn more and purchase the CD: Veretski Pass

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