Latest PressDecember 20th, 2016
Latest WritingNovember 27th, 2015
Chapter “Klezmer” in Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music, ed. Joshua Walden. Cambridge University Press, 2015
Latest ProgramSeptember 19th, 2015
Recent concerts and workshops: Yiddish Summer Weimar, July 23-August 6, 2015, including concerts on July 27 (Erfurt) and August 2nd (Weimar) 2016, and at the International Klezmer Festival, Fürth, Germany, on March 5, 2015. The performance was recorded by Bavarian Radio for broadcast.
Poyln: A Gigul, Veretski Pass’s new project with Joel Rubin, uncovers the repertoire of pre-Holocaust traditional, previously lost, Polish-Jewish music. Veretski Pass has collaborated with the traditional Jewish clarinetist, Joel Rubin, to create a program of music that revitalizes the pieces and styles of music that were previously deemed lost, but recovered through the field work, archival research and scholarship of Joel Rubin, Cookie Segelstein, Stuart Brotman and Joshua Horowitz.
Veretski Pass is a trio of Jewish Music veterans who have been at the forefront of the klezmer revival for over 25 years. Their output spans the ultra-traditional to the avant garde.
Joel Rubin is considered to be one of the foremost clarinetists of the Klezmer Revival.
This project represents an important reunion, as Joel Rubin was part of both Brave Old World (with Stuart Brotman) and Rubin & Horowitz (with Joshua Horowitz). The reunification of these forces after so many years is a welcome addition to the post-klezmer revival!
For more information on this exciting program, see: Poyln website
“Few, if any, would deny [Joel Rubin] the title of the greatest living klezmer musician”
(Jewish Quarterly, London)
“without a doubt one of the greatest klezmer musicians in the world”
(Radio DRS 2, Switzerland)
(Wall St. Journal Europe)
“Rubin … is probably the most virtuosic klezmer clarinetist in the world today”
(Dr. Eleonore Büning, S2 Kultur/Southern German Radio)
“I can barely see Rubin’s hands move, but he’s going wild. Listen to him, hopping octaves and bending notes so smoothly! Man, that dude shreds like Eddie Van Halen.”
“the researching intellect among the klezmer players”
“Rubin … is clearly an important figure in the rediscovery of the Ashkenazic musical tradition”
“[Rubin] … has driven the art of Jewish clarinet playing to new heights … The listener who has experienced Rubin’s breathtaking solos once, is not surprised about the spontaneous outbreaks of applause at every concert.”
“Clarinetist Rubin is considered to be the most important contemporary interpreter of klezmer music.”
“Joel Rubin has been acclaimed as the greatest clarinetist of the klezmer revival”
(Jewish Socialist, London)
“With a flawless tone that would make many classical interpreters jealous, Rubin playfully and improvisationally drew forth ever new facets, allowing the sound to rejoice and wail in the high register…”
(Münstersche Zeitung, Münster, Germany)
“… Rubin, more than any other I’ve heard, captures the authentic fibrous roughness of a klezmer clarinet…”
(San Francisco Examiner)
“Rubin … [is] now counted among the world’s foremost klezmer musicians.”
(The Oregonian, Portland)
“sheer ability to swing … witness the wailing tone of clarinetist Joel Rubin … – there’s one link with jazz and Gershwin.”
(Los Angeles Weekly)
“[Rubin] has played a leading role in the revival of Jewish music in America, has performed with many East European immigrant musicians and appeared often in radio show and films. Whoever has heard his clarinet playing will never forget it! “
(Allgemeine Jüdische Wochenzeitung, Bonn)
Latest RecordingSeptember 19th, 2015
Available since October, 2015:
Poyln: A Gigul, Veretski Pass’s recording with Joel Rubin, uncovers the repertoire of pre-Holocaust traditional, previously lost, Polish-Jewish music. Veretski Pass has collaborated with the traditional Jewish clarinetist, Joel Rubin, to create a program of music that revitalizes the pieces and styles of music that were previously deemed lost, but recovered through the field work, archival research and scholarship of Joel Rubin, Cookie Segelstein, Stuart Brotman and Joshua Horowitz.
The region that has come to define the repertoire of klezmer music has been almost exclusively what is known today as Moldova, Romania and West Ukraine. Poland has provided only a fraction of the repertoire (mostly revived by us ourselves), despite the fact that 3.3 million Jews lived in Poland prior to WWII (roughly 10 percent of the entire Polish population). The enormous contribution of Polish Jews to folk music has gone almost completely unnoticed, giving the impression that “klezmer” music is exclusively defined by “Bessarabia” (roughly Romania) without giving notice to Poland.
Joel Rubin, C clarinet
Cookie Segelstein, violin
Joshua Horowitz, accordion and tsimbl
Stuart Brotman, Zakopany cello
For more information on this exciting recording project, please visit:
or buy it here: Veretski Pass Store
New Review by Ari Davidow (klezmershack.com):
“sparkles with life. … just about the most exquisite violin, clarinet, accordion, tsimbl, or bass cello you’ll ever hear. And music that swings and bows and glides along, from dance tunes to sad doinas to thoughtful hasidic nigns. It’s not just music. It is life in its next gilgul, here, now.”
5-Star Review by Simon Broughton in Songlines:
“sometimes wistful, sometimes exuberant, but always expertly played … This is a memorable and important album from true masters of the klezmer repertoire.”
Review by Eléonore Biezunski (iemj):