Dance Party

KlezCalifornia presents

A Klezmer Music and Dance Party

at Simcha Sunday, February 27, 2011


Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building

For all ages!

Music by internationally-renowned Veretski Pass 

Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, Stu Brotman

Other musicians are welcome to join the band! 

Dancing led by Bruce Bierman

If you come only for this Party, tickets are $15 Adult / $10 Teen / Free for Pre-teens

A trio of Eastern European and Near East music masters -- Cookie Segelstein on violin and viola, Stuart Brotman on bass, basy (cello), and baraban (a Jewish drum), and Joshua Horowitz on tsimbl (hammered dulcimer or cymbalom) and 19th-century accordion -- in 2003 launched one of the world’s premier klezmer-Jewish roots bands, Veretski Pass.

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. With colorful instrumentation, unique arrangements and compositions, Veretski Pass plays “Old Country Music”; music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian, and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia, Jewish melodies from Poland and Romania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia, and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions.

The trio, now based in the Bay Area, has been busy taking its music around the world, including recent trips to Germany and Switzerland, the National Yiddish Book Center, and in 2008 a sold-out concert at the prestigious Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam. In spring 2011, Veretski Pass will release its third CD, The Klezmer Shul Project, a live recording from a concert in Germany.