Poyln: A Gilgul, Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin

Poyln cover

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:

Poyln website

or buy it here: Veretski Pass Store

New Review by Ari Davidow (klezmershack.com):

Poylin review 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:

Songlines review by Simon Broughton

“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):

Review (French)