Venturing beyond the known Horas, Freylekhs, Bulgars and Shers of Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, Veretski Pass and their guest, Joel Rubin, mine the obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, the land that was once home to three million Jews.

Inspired by the 1901 story, A Gilgul Fun a Nign (Metamorphosis of a Melody), written by Polish Jewish author I.L. Peretz, the repertoire draws from previously unknown Hassidic tunes, country dances, contemporary and 19th century ethnographic collections as well as from field research of the musicians and their colleagues.

Drawing on these sources, Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin have re-imagined, re-composed and re-arranged old urban and rural music to enrich the genre currently known as klezmer music.

This recording is the meeting of Jewish and Polish music - a missing link of the klezmer revival.

Veretski Pass is honored to have received a gift from the Seymour Fromer Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay for the Poyln project.



A Gilgul Fun A Nign

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This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, The Fromer Award and The Jewish Community Foundation.

Veretski Pass is proud to have just received the 2016 Songlines Magazine Top of the World Critic’s Choice!