Klezmer concert at Ithaca College Nov. 15

On Friday, November 15, at 7:30 pm, in Textor 101 on the Ithaca College campus, the klezmer trio Veretski Pass joined by clarinetist Joel Rubin will perform and explain their research into the Polish roots of klezmer music. In this presentation – part concert, part lecture and part discussion – Veretski Pass and Rubin lay bare the sources for their “Poyln: A Gilgul (Poland: A Metamorphosis)” project. “With field and archival recordings and historic manuscripts, they will demonstrate how they transformed both Jewish and Polish melodies into cohesive and colorful suites, peppered with lively and spiritual arrangements as well as their own compositions,” said organizers of the event. “This project is the meeting of Jewish and Polish music – a missing link of the klezmer revival.” For more information, visit poyln.com.
Klezmer music of the late 19th and early to mid-20th century sought to create a cultural bond that brought Jewish families and communities together. Venturing beyond the known horas, freylekhs, bulgars and shers of Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, Veretski Pass and Rubin mined the obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, the land that housed three million Jews before the Holocaust. Inspired by the 1901 story “A Gilgul Fun a Nign” (“Metamorphosis of a Melody”), written by Polish Jewish author I.L. Peretz, the repertoire draws from previously unknown Chasidic tunes, country dances, contemporary and 19th century ethnographic collections, as well as from field research by the musicians and their colleagues. “Both urban and rural music come together here to enrich the genre currently known as klezmer music,” said organizers.
The lecture is sponsored by Ithaca College’s Jewish Studies Program and is free and open to the public. Parking is free anywhere on the Ithaca College campus after 5 pm. For more information, contact Peter Silberman at 274-1496 or psilberman@ithaca.edu, or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/events/402720247084599/. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Silberman by e-mail or phone. Requests for accommodations need to be made as soon as possible.