JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay


with Veretski Pass

7:00 pm-10:00 pm Sun, Mar 23, 2014

Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell's “Convergence”

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Anthony Mordechai-Tzvi Russell’s “Convergence” with Veretski Pass

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, 7:00pm
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley, CA
Tickets – $25 general / $22 Students/Seniors/JCCEB Members
29th JMF Festival Pass applies

“I knew no precedent of a Yiddish song organically growing out of a Negro Spiritual, but inside my own head—and I hesitate to say this, but in my heart—I felt I didn’t particularly need a precedent.”

-Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell

“Convergence” combines diverse strains of traditional Jewish and African-American music directly at points of spiritual, melodic and textual convergence. Classical vocalist Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell, in collaboration with acclaimed Bay Area klezmer trio Veretski Pass, creates a new repertoire of works exploring exile, spirituality, hope and redemption, enhanced by the animation work of San Francisco-based artist Meredith Leich.


Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell has worked primarily in the field of opera in the San Francisco Bay and New York Metro areas for the past fifteen years. Highlights include the West Coast premiere of Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Appomattox with the San Francisco Opera Company. More recently, Anthony has devoted himself in the recital repertoire of Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), one of the twentieth century’s most prolific performers of cantorial music, Chassidic nigunim and Yiddish art song. Anthony’s continuing development of Belarsky’s repertoire has brought him to the stages of the JCC in Manhattan, Symphony Space, the Ashkenaz Festival and Ideacity Conference in Toronto, KlezKanada in Laurentians and the Montreal Jewish Music Festival.
Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russel’s Official Website

Veretski Pass
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. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.
Veretski Pass Official Website

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