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The latest project of Veretski Pass:

Vayber: Klezmer music of Women


Veretski Pass has embarked on uncharted territory with their new project dedicated to performing the tunes collected by Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who worked intensively to document Jewish music in Ukraine during Stalin’s regime in the 1920s and 30s. Magid’s 600 recordings have been left untouched since they were created, and include music that was not only collected by a woman, but that also feature rare examples of women’s themes. Veretski Pass’ work involves cleaning, deciphering and transcribing the cylinders, then performing and recording them, and finally teaching them to workshop students.


Scattered documentation about women klezmorim (East European Jewish instrumentalists) exists, but has hitherto been ignored as inconsequential, in part because, while many of the daughters of klezmer families learned instruments, they were not allowed to play at weddings. There were at least two all women klezmer ensembles documented in interwar Lemberg, one directed by the well-known klezmer flautist, S. Kosch. And Yiddish folk songs, which were primarily the domain of women, were usually only sung in

the home.

Veretski Pass

This project is 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, and the Berkeley Civic Arts Grant.

with Joel Rubin

Veretski Pass | Band@veretskipass.com

Veyber is a fiscally sponsored project of KlezCalifornia

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