Veretski Pass

Veretski Pass

 Berkeley, California, USA

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. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West.


Cookie Segelstein, 19th Century violin and viola, received her Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. She is principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Cookie teaches klezmer fiddling at Living Traditions' KlezKamp and The Albuquerque Academy, has been on staff twice at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash., and teaches a klezmer class at Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. She has performed with The Klezical Tradition, The Klezmatics, Klezmer Fats and Swing with Pete Sokolow and the late Howie Leess, Kapelye, Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Conservatory Band. She is a founding member of The Youngers of Zion with Henry Sapoznik, and has recently joined Budowitz. She has presented lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the country, including at Yale University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, University of Oregon in Eugene, Pacific University and SUNY-Cortland. She was featured on the ABC documentary, A Sacred Noise, heard on HBOs Sex and the City, and on several recordings including the Koch International label with Orchestra New England in The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives, The Klezical Tradition's Family Portrait and Adrianne Greenbaums Fleytmuzik. She is also active as a Holocaust educator and curriculum advisor and has been a frequent lecturer at the Womens Correctional Facility in Niantic, CT. Cookie lives in Madison, Connecticut.

Joshua Horowitz, tsimbl and 19th Century accordion, received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Klezmer Music Research Project for eight years. He is the founder and director of the ensemble Budowitz and has performed with Rubin and Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne Cooper and Ruth Yaakov. Joshua taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford University with the late saxophonist Stan Getz and is a regular teacher at KlezKamp, The Albuquerque Academy and Klez Kanada. His musicological work is featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook with Aron Saltiel and The Ultimate Klezmer, and he has written numerous articles on the counterpoint of J.S. Bach. His recordings with Budowitz, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Rubin & Horowitz, Alicia Svigals, Adrianne Greenbaum and Fialke have achieved international recognition and he is the recipient of more than 40 awards, including the Prize of Honor for his orchestral composition, Tenebrae, presented by the Austrian government. Beside his work as a musician, he led the first post-WWII music therapy group at the pioneering Beratungszentrum in Graz, Austria. He is currently working on a book of his essays for Scarecrow Press. Joshua lives in Berkeley, California.

Stuart Brotman, bass, basy, and baraban, has been an accomplished performer, arranger and recording artist in the ethnic music field for over 35 years. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of California at Los Angeles, and has taught at KlezKamp, Buffalo on the Roof, the Balkan Music and Dance Workshops and KlezKanada and has been recording, touring, and teaching New Jewish Music with world class ensemble Brave Old World since 1989. Long admired as a versatile soloist and sensitive accompanist in traditional and pop music circles, he has toured and recorded with Canned Heat, Kaleidoscope, Geoff and Maria Muldaur and played cimbalom with Ry Cooder at Carnegie Hall. Stu appeared in the Los Angeles production of Ghetto, the San Francisco production of Shlemiel the First, and performs frequently in ethnic music specialty roles for TV and film. A founding member of Los Angeles' Ellis Island Band, he has been a moving force in the Klezmer revival since its beginning. He produced The Klezmorim's Grammy nominated album, Metropolis. He toured with the Yiddisher Caravan, a federally funded Yiddish folklife show, and has performed with The Klezmorim, Kapelye, Andy Statman, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Davka, The San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Khevrisa and Itzhak Perlman. Stuart lives in Berkeley, California.

Set List

Wedding Hora D
Bessaraber Khusidl Dm
Accordion Doina Gm
Gut morgn Gm
Accordion Bulgar Dm

Part I
Tyachiver Sirba 2:11
Sólyom Pál 2:25

Araynfir 0:24
Kroilid 1:44
Fir Strunes Forshpil 0:45
Fir Strunes 1:45

Horowitz Geveyn 3:01
Hershfelds Bulgar 2:01
Segelsteins Geveyn 3:03
Lid fun dem Shvartsen Yam 1:36
Tatarisher Longa 1:56

Papir Is Dokh Vays 2:05
Libus Nign 0:48
Berols Rikudl 0:44
Veretskier Raca (A) 1:07

Aleykhem Shulem 1:10
Sadegurer Khusid 2:30
Vinnitser Sher 4:42

Part II
Ikh Lig Hinter Grates 1:35
Dobranoc 2:00
Makonovetskiis Skotshne 1:52

Horowitz Forshpil 2:22
Yosls Terkisher 2:42
Dobranoc Gm 1:50
Russian Sher A Freyg 2:10

Hutzulska Pisnia 0:16
Veretskier Kolomeyke 2:40

Pizni Vesilni Zvuky 2:43
Tyachiver 7:40 2:14
Dovha Doroha 0:25
Zakarpatsa Kozachok 2:22

Hora Midor 2:32