Verestski Pass at Univeristy of Chicago Folk Festival

<Veretski Pass2 hour Yiddish dance workshop at the University of Chicago Folk Festival on Sunday 4 March
from 2 to 4 pm. Accompanying the class will be the wonderful Verestski
(Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and Stu Brotman) who will also
be appearing in concert Saturday and Sunday nights, and giving a free
klezmer music workshop earlier on Sunday.

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

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).