The Klezmer Shul and Klezmer Dance Party
Sunday, February 14, 2010, 8:00pm
Frank London Christian Dawid
Yiddish dancing led by Steve Weintraub
Music touches our soul & moves us to smile, cry, dance, & pray.
The Klezmer Shul evokes the emotions of synagogues in pre-war Eastern Europe,
combining liturgy with jazz , avant-garde, classical, klezmer & folk elements,
to inspire a feeling of prayer – without a single word.
The Klezmer Shul was created by Veretski Pass under a Creative Work Fund grant.
It will be performed in the East Bay & in Palo Alto at
the KlezCalifornia Yiddish Festival Feb. 12-15
About The Klezmer Shul:
What do the klezmorim (musicians) do
after everyone has left shul (synagogue) and they stay afterward
with only their instruments and no words? Veretski Pass has departed
from the traditional klezmer music for which they are best known,
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
using liturgical gestures, human emotional intonations, timbral
jazz improvisations, and klezmer and folk sequences in an
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
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.