With Eastern European roots that go back centuries, when Jews and Gentiles made music together before anyone thought of calling it “world music”, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. Between the three members of this band, there are eight instruments on stage; violin, viola, two tsimbls (hammered dulcimer) , 19th century button accordion, bass, bassetl (three stringed bass), basy (three stringed Polish folk cello) and baraban (Jewish style drum).
Playing in an unbound, energetic “village style”, this band of veterans plays klezmer music of historical Eastern Europe on original instruments; melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia and Rumania. Much of this rare music has been gleaned from field recordings gathered by the musicians themselves in numerous trips throughout Europe. With its colorful instrumentation and unique arrangements, this seminal ensemble carries on the ancient tradition of klezmer musicians, playing music of all kinds, but with a recognizable Jewish sound.
Carefully researched regional styles combined with unrestrainable energy gives this group it’s unique sound, which has been called “raw, naked and unashamed”. The music is always fresh, because nothing is fixed except the style. Veretski Pass is capturing audiences everywhere with it’s spontaneous and explosive renditions of the lost repertoire of Eastern European Jewry.