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The Magid Chronicles

The latest project of Veretski Pass,

with Joel Rubin:

“The Magid Chronicles”


Veretski Pass, with Joel Rubin, has embarked on uncharted territory with their new project dedicated to performing the pieces collected by Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who worked intensively to document Jewish music in Belarus and 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’ and Joel Rubin’s work involves cleaning, deciphering and transcribing the cylinders, then arranging, performing and recording them, and finally teaching them to workshop students.


An important facet of the project is the cadre of new compositions, improvisations, and re-compositions derived from and/or inspired by the Magid collection and drawing on traditions and cultures as diverse as Romanian, Turkish, Greek, and Hutsul traditions. Although derived largely from ethnographic work, this work is essentially a creative re-imagination of the material.


They have just finished a CD recording of this project, which is scheduled for release in January, 2019.

Veretski Pass

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Berkeley Civic Arts Grant , Intermusic SF and the The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music. The Magid Chronicles is a fiscally sponsored project of KlezCalifornia

with Joel Rubin

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