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Join us for the South Bay Premiere of Veretski Pass’s new work, The Klezmer Shul, an instrumental composition written to capture the emotional power of traditional synagogue singing without using words. Performance of the four-movement piece will be followed by discussion with the audience and then a traditional klezmer dance party!
About The Klezmer Shul:
What do the klezmorim (musicians) do
after everyone has left shul (synagogue) and they stay afterward to pray
with only their instruments and no words? Veretski Pass has departed
from the traditional klezmer music for which they are best known, combining
their backgrounds as modern classical, jazz, avant garde as well as
unabashedly traditional musicians. They have created a new piece
inspired by the klezmer shuls (synagogues) of pre-war Eastern Europe,
using liturgical gestures, human emotional intonations, timbral utterances,
jazz improvisations, and klezmer and folk sequences in an non-text-based,
four-movement work. In discussion after the performance, the artists
will ask the audience whether they experienced the piece as “religious”
and what that means to them. The artists are interested in the possibility that
music devoid of language can be a unifying force in a world divided
The Creative Work Fund provided a grant to Stuart Brotman to create this work in collaboration with his colleagues in Veretski Pass and with Temple Israel of Alameda. KlezCalifornia has administered the project. Veretski Pass is Cookie Segelstein (violin, viola), Stu Brotman (cello, tilinca), Joshua Horowitz (accordion, tsimbl, piano).
The Festival also presents Veretski Pass and Friends at the Saturday night Klezmer Concert & Dance.