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Veretski Pass, Berkeley, CA, Sep 20

Veretski Pass in Concert
Jewish Music from the Carpathian Bow
September 20, 2005 Tuesday - Berkeley, CA

With a new program since Veretskhttp://i Pass' debut release last year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Freight and Salvage
1111 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
8 PM - - doors open at 7:30 PM
$ 17.50 advance / $ 18.50 door
(510) 548-1761
freightandsalvage.com/2005/september/info_20.html Tickets at the door or www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=sfbay&query=detail&event=612576

In Eastern Europe, the roots of "world music" go back centuries: historically, Jews, Christians, Moslems, Rumanians, Ukrainians, and Roma played music together in this multicultural area where professional musicians had to know as many musical styles as the diverse peoples among whom they lived. Veretski Pass, a trio of veteran klezmer artists, plays Old Country Music that ranges from melodies of Medieval Poland and dances from Bessarabia, Ruthenia, and Bukovina to music originating in the Ottoman Empire -- much of which they learned from field recordings they themselves gathered.

Cookie Segelstein (Budowitz, New Haven Symphony Orchestra), Joshua Horowitz (Budowitz), and Stuart Brotman (Ellis Island Band, The Klezmorim, San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Brave Old World) synthesize raw energy and polished musicianship to produce music of unusual depth and power on a variety of traditional instruments, including violin, viola, button accordion, bass, bassetl (three stringed bass), basy (three stringed Polish folk cello), baraban (Jewish style drum), and tsimbl (hammered dulcimer).

On stage, as on its recent self-titled album, Veretski Pass extends an irresistible invitation to discover a lost musical world full of deeply felt emotions and unbound energy.

"An impressive line-up of US klezmer luminaries, Veretski Pass stands out as something bold, unusual and musically satisfying."—Simon Broughton, Songlines

"This is the most rocking, roots klezmer album I have heard in years."—Ari Davidow, KlezmerShack

"Segelstein is the center of attention and is prepared for the challenge. She has a recognizably individual style, with clear elements from mainstream Klezmer and Hungarian Gypsy. Her playing shows technical mastery and assured authority of the genres, often operating at full throttle, but always in full control. "—Stacy Phillips, Fiddler Magazine

"The tunes are at once familiar and from a strange other world -- compelling in the same way that visiting a synagogue in a city where you can't speak the language would be."—Jay Schwartz, Jewsweek

Veretski Pass CD is available at http://www.goldenhorn.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.cdbaby.com and http://www.cdroots.com

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