New Releases, Concerts & Events with Golden Horn Artists...

A “Big Bang” Music Theory, Journey, Works, Insights with Sokratis Sinopoulos on Alnadi Podcast

Conversation with Sokratis Sinopoulos and Fadil Alturki. Listen to the podcast. August 11, 2020

New Release: 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. (Release date: February 22, 2019). more...

91 Year Old Yiddish Rock Star - Arkady Gendler

Vladislav Davidzon travels to Ukraine to meet and write about Arkady Gendler. Read the complete article on Tablet Magazine website.

Deepak Ram on Afropop Worldwide (on U.S. Public Radio Stations)

“African Sounds of the Indian Subcontinent”. Listen to the program online if you missed the radio show.

New Release: Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin — Polyn, A Gilgul

Translated as Poland, A Metamorphosis, this CD contains a collection of the obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, previously unknown Hasidic tunes, country dances, contemporary and 19th century ethnographic collections as well as repertoire from field research of the musicians and their colleagues (thanks to Stefan Puchalski!), and of course, original compositions. Drawing on these sources, Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin have re-imagined, re-composed and re-arranged old urban and rural music to enrich the genre currently known as klezmer music. This recording is the meeting of Jewish and Polish music — a missing link of the klezmer revival. more...

New Release: Michael Winograd — Storm Game

Michael Winograd, a leading clarinetist in Klezmer music, stretches the boundaries of the timeless Jewish style on his latest recording, Storm Game. During the 13 selections, Winograd explores modern jazz, contemporary classical, European folk music and the avant-garde while staying true to his roots in Klezmer. more...

New Release: Arkady Gendler — Yidishe Lider

Arkady Gendler’s musical soundscape is a unique reflection of the diverse and cosmopolitan influences on Yiddish folk and popular song, from the late 19th to the mid-20th century..... A self-taught, natural lyrical tenor, Arkady sings here a sample from his extensive repertoire, with the focus on songs that he himself composed, or for which he wrote complete or partial original lyrics. more...

New Release: Buzuki Orhan Osman — Turkophony

Golden Horn Records’ latest release is Turkophony by Buzuki Orhan Osman. Orhan believes that the flood gates are now open for a truly multi-cultural music in Istanbul. He’s found the magic key to unlock the music of Turkey - through the gathering of the best cosmopolitan musicians whose experience in a multitude of genres allow them to interact organically with each other. more...

Deepak Ram & Ravi Albright — A Hindustani Music Concert

August 5, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and Theater
University of Washington, 3940 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
Deepak Ram (bansuri) & Ravi Albright (tabla) Information

New Release: Veretski Pass — The Klezmer Shul Live

Golden Horn Records is very pleased to announce the release of the third album by Veretski Pass. The Klezmer Shul, the latest work of Veretski Pass, is a four-movement tone poem that attempts to bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular, not through the use of words but with purely instrumental music. more...

Adrienne Cooper — Enchanted: A New Generation of Yiddishsong

The new release of Adrienne Cooper promises to be the Yiddish music gem of the year. It is a bold foray into the unexplored, with sound collages, beautifully rendered ballads and delicately set folk songs on a colorful palette of styles and arrangements. Cooper is joined by the powerful forces of Marilyn Lerner, Frank London, Mike Winograd and others. This CD is destined to be an instant classic, not only for Yiddish music, but for world music in general. more...

Deepak Ram and Friends

Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz - Concert
August 27, 2015 @ 7 PM

Veretski Pass and Yiddish Arts Trio

House Concert
Saturday Jan 3, 2015
Email us for invitation or call (415) 254-8005
Suggested $20 donation. Doors open 7:30. Show 8-10pm Street parking

Veretski Pass ~ Berkeley Balkanale

Starry Plough
Fri April 10, 2015
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 841-0188

Veretski Pass ~ Lilith The Night Demon

UCLA Shoenberg Theater
May 6, 2015
Westwood, in Los Angeles, CA between Sunset Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd., east of Sepulveda Blvd. and the 405 freeway

Veretski Pass ~ Old First Concert

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 | 415.474.1608
Tickets: $17.00 General, $14.00 Seniors (65 and older), $5.00 Full Time Students

Veretski Pass ~ Latkepalooza

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 212-7522
1-3:30 pm FREE

2012 Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto ~ Music, Art & Culture

August 28 - September 3, 2012, Harbourfront Centre
including following events:
Yiddish Songs of Arkady Gendler
Christian Dawid - Recording Arkady Gendler
A concert by Veretski Pass
Masterclass: Fellowship of the Strings by Veretski Pass

A review of "Enchanted" at Klezmer Shack

"From co-founding KlezKamp to teaching generations of singers how to sing Yiddish, to hundreds of performances in which she demonstrates how to sing Yiddish—how to SING!, Adrienne Cooper has been a driving force in making Yiddish song something that one notices and that one longs to hear more of. Her repertoire over the years has ranged from art song to theatrical, and of course, traditional Yiddish song." Read the complete article.

Classical Guitar Recital by Mesut Özgen in Soquel, CA

Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Drive, Soquel CA 95073
Mesut Özgen performs a special program of music from Latin America to Spain and Turkey, including works by
Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Tarrega, Bustamante, Cardoso, York, and Domeniconi, as well as his own compositions.

Pomegranates & Figs: Teslim, Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble, Veretski Pass, The Oakland Folkharmonic

December 17, 2011 @ 8 PM Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Veretski Pass’ The Klezmer Shul Concert

October 23, 2011 @ 8 PM Beall Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene OR

Review of Veretski Pass' Klezmer Shul Live at Strings

"Unique take on neo-traditional Jewish/klezmer music."

No Need to Kvetch, Yiddish Lives On in Catskills

New York Times article by Joseph Berger on annual KlezKamp

Boda, Sephardic Wedding Songs - Saltiel Ensemble

Turkish-Austrian native Ladino speaker and singer Aron Saltiel and Ensemble Saltiel will present a program of recently collected and recorded rare Sephardic wedding music, as part of the 26th Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley, California, March 9th, 2011. The group is available for other U.S. performances in March. This is a unique opportunity to experience the repertoire of a traditional Turkish Sephardic wedding – songs and music from the engagement, the preparation of the dowry and the trading of gifts, to the drawing up of the marriage contract, the ceremony and the subsequent week. The songs themselves were historically sung within the Istanbul-based Saltiel family. As a veteran researcher of this repertoire who grew up in the community, Aron is both an authority on the music and a great performer. Accompanied by hugely famous Turkish and Roma virtuosos at the forefront of modern Turkish pop and folk music, Ensemble Saltiel recalls the historic collaboration of a capella singing combined with instruments such as oud, kanun (harp), zurna (Turkish oboe) kemenche (bowed lyre), clarinet, violin, darabuka (drum) and tambourine. The music is lush, nuanced and intricately interwoven with mesmerizing taksim (explorative instrumental improvisations). Contact Golden Horn at for booking inquiries.

Veretski Pass - New Season

Veretski Pass ~ Music from the Carpathian Bow
Cookie Segelstein - Violin, Viola
Joshua Horowitz – Cimbalom, Chromatic Button Accordion, Piano
Stuart Brotman - Bass, Basy, Tilinca, Baraban

“…Veretski Pass, one hot band!” Chicago Sun Times
“…Veretski Pass stands out as something bold, unusual and musically satisfying.” ~ Simon Broughton, BBC and Songlines Magazine
"… No one else on the local scene - or any other scene - is doing what Veretski Pass is. The tunes are mysterious, enthralling and beautiful." Eric R. Danton, Hartford Courant

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. Contact Golden Horn at for booking inquiries.

A review of "The Klezmer Shul Live" at Klezmer Shack

"This is modern shul music, and like the davening of the best of the old-time cantors, this is also music to open the heart to repentence and new beginnings; to hope, an awareness of the greater cosmos around us, and to the power of prayer and community." Read the complete article.

A review of "Enchanted: A New Generation of Yiddishsong", by George Robinson

A review of Adrienne Cooper’s "Enchanted: A New Generation of Yiddishsong", written by George Robinson, is published by The Jewish Week.

Özgen Trio Concerts

Özgen Trio, led by guitarist Mesut Özgen, recently gave two concerts in Northern California. Titled “Anatolian Fantasy with the Özgen Trio”, concerts featured Mesut Özgen on guitar, Neva Özgen on kemençe and Kathleen Purcell on flute. The trio presented works by Prince Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723) (“Prince Dimitrie Cantemir Collection”), Turkish Composer Yalcin Tura (“Hüseyni Saz Semaisi”) and Santa Cruz based composer David Evan Jones (“News From Afar”). Several works by Mesut Özgen were also featured in the concert (“Anatolian Fantasy”, “Rumeli Türküsü”, “Vira Sevda” and arrangement of three Turkish Folk Songs.) Reviews of these two concerts appear at City on a Hill Press and at Santa Cruz Sentinel. Program notes are available at Mesut Özgen’s website.

Anatolian Fantasy with the Özgen Trio - Music from Istanbul and the Ottoman Court

October 22, 2010 @ 7:30 PM UC Santa Cruz, Music Center Recital Hall
The UCSC Music Department’s "Friday Night Live" series kicks off the 2010-2011 season with a concert featuring faculty guitarist Mesut Özgen leading the Özgen Trio, with Turkish kemençe master Neva Özgen and flutist Kathleen Purcell, presenting a repertoire from the classical and folk musics of Turkey on Friday, October 22, 2010, 7:30 pm at UCSC Music Center Recital Hall. The program includes works by Prince Dimitrie Cantemir, Yalçin Tura, Mesut Özgen, and David Evan Jones, whose new piece for kemençe, guitar, and computer-generated tape will receive its premiere at this concert. Neva Özgen, a master of kemençe (Turkish bowed instrument with gut strings) and one of the most respected improvisers in Turkish classical music, currently teaches at the Istanbul University Turkish Music Conservatory.
For more information call the UCSC Ticket Box Office at 831-459-2159 or email at

Adrienne Cooper CD Release Concert

At New York’s DROM, November 6, 2010 Saturday, 8 PM
85 Avenue A (between 5th & 6th), New York, NY, Telephone: (212) 777-1157
If you think you know what to expect when you hear the words “Yiddish song,” you’re in for a shock with the release of Adrienne Cooper’s new CD “Enchanted.” With “Enchanted,” Cooper has launched a fantastic exploration of the emotional and textural possibilities that Yiddish song can provide; from deeply traditional a capella passages to jazz ballads, from pop to multi-layered big-band arrangements ala Spike Jones. Newly issued on West Coast World Music label Golden Horn, the CD features arrangements by new klezmer sensation Michael Winograd and free improvisations by Canadian jazz great, pianist Marilyn Lerner and Klezmatics’ leader and trumpeter Frank London, all underpinned by the drum work of Kenny Wolleson.

Deepak Ram and Mangala Norskog - Sound, Breath, and Asana Workshop at Mount Madonna Center

November 19-21, 2010, Mt. Madonna Center, Watsonville, California
The purpose of both yoga and music is to journey within. In ancient times music, Yoga and a myriad of disciplines were taught together in ‘gurukula’ (schools) led by Yogis. In this workshop, we will focus on reintegrating Yoga and classical Indian music. Registration and information

Adrienne Cooper performing at The 15th Anniversary Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, Canada (Aug. 31 - Sep. 6th, 2010)

August 31st - September 6th, 2010, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Canada
Adrienne Cooper’s new album "Enchanted" is being released by Golden Horn Records. "Enchanted" CD Release concert at the Festival will take place on September 5th, Sunday at 5:30 PM at the Enwave Theatre
Adrienne Cooper is internationally recognized as one of this generation’s stellar performers and teachers of Yiddish vocal music. From Carnegie Hall to the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from Moscow to Jerusalem, she has mesmerized audiences and worked at the heart of the klezmer revival scene, defining a wholly original interpretation of Yiddish song. On her latest CD, Cooper has teamed up with longtime accompanist Marilyn Lerner and a cast of New York’s finest next generation Jewish musicians, led by clarinetist Michael Winograd. The result: a daring and inventive combination of deep Yiddish soul with fearless innovation rooted in klezmer, jazz, pop and world music. Featuring Adrienne Cooper (vocals), Marilyn Lerner (piano), Mike Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass), Avi Fox-Rosen (guitar), Chris Berry (drums), and additional guests. Information

Deepak Ram Classical Recital - Vancouver BC, July 31, 2010

A Rhythmic Remembrance 2010
In memory of tabla maestro Ustad Thakur Kishan Singh ji of the Benaras Gharana
Deepak Ram - bansuri & Amarjeet Singh - tabla
Saturday, July 31, 2010, 6 PM
The Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave., Vancouver, BC, Canada, Phone 604-501-5566 for more information
Presented by NAAD Centre for Performing & Visual Arts

Veretski Pass - The Klezmer Shul Concert

Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 8:00p, at National Yiddish Book Center
Inspired by the synagogues of pre-war Eastern Europe, The Klezmer Shul is rooted in Jewish liturgical melodic principles and emotionals intonations. This four-movement instrumental suite transmits the emotional power of synagogue singing without the use of words, incorporating elements of jazz, avant-garde, classical, klezmer, and folk music. Stu Brotman, string bass, basy, baraban; Cookie Segelstein, violin; and Joshua Horowitz, 19th-century Budowitz button accordion, piano.
National Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., South Amherst, MA 01002, Telephone (413) 256-4900

Charity Concert for Rural Indian Hospital with Deepak Ram and Steps Jazz Quartet

Saturday, June 26, 2010, 6:30pm- 10:00pm,
Anubhuti Retreat Center, Novato, CA

We invite you to a very special benefit concert of Deepak Ram, senior disciple of world renowned bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Deepak is an incredibly versatile artist who is well known for his evocative performances in traditional North Indian classical music, his collaborations with musicians of other genres and his innovative compositions. Accompanying him on tabla is Satish Tare for the first part of the evening and also joining him will be Steps a jazz quartet (

The proceeds for this concert will go to a rural hospital in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India. Dr. Partap Midha, Director of the J. Watumull Gobal Hospital & Research Centre, will be with us to present medical and holistic services rendered by the hospital to the underprivileged villages nearby ( Global Hospital is a centre for holistic healthcare. With about 3,000 surgeries and 85,000 out-patient treatments in 2009, it combines the best that modern medicine has to offer with complementary medicine systems like Ayurveda, homeopathy, magnet therapy and so on. Besides offering medical services through out-patient clinics and hospitalization, the hospital has expanded its operations to focus on community outreach programs, medical research, vocational education in paramedical streams and the promotion of health awareness.

Veretski Pass in Hungary

An interview with Joshua Horowitz on Hungarian TV

Deepak Ram - Concert in Santa Cruz, California

May 2nd 2009 Saturday @ 8 PM
A concert of North Indian Classical Music by bansuri master Deepak Ram accompanied by tabla virtuoso Debopriyo Sarkar.
Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA. Tickets 1-800-838-3006 or Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz or here

Budowitz - Videos on

Two videos from last Summer are posted on WatchMojo. Get the background on music from ensemble members. Part 1 and Part 2

Before The Rains

Santosh Sivan’s Before The Rains is now available on DVD. This drama, set in 1937 of India, features music by Deepak Ram.

Deepak Ram to perform at this year’s TED Conferences in Long Beach, California

This year’s edition of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences will include live performances by Deepak Ram. This year’s event, titled "The Great Unveiling", will take place from February 3 through February 7, 2009 in Long Beach.

National Public Radio Interview: "Bansuri Master Deepak Ram Tackles Jazz"

Listen to the Interview with Deepak Ram on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Aired on July 8, 2008

Deepak Ram Soundtracks

Feizel Mamdoo’s "Of Journey, Home and Treasure", featuring music by Deepak Ram and The Mavr!x is released.

New Release - Veretski Pass' Trafik

After the smash reception of their eponymous first CD, the eccentric trio Veretski Pass is now releasing a second CD, Trafik. A true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, the suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia, and haunting Rembetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with a large number of original compositions.

New Release - Deepak Ram's Steps

Deepak Ram may be the only South African-born Indian musician to compose a tune in honor of the dance that Nelson Mandela does on stage. He may be the first person to ever master the jazz standard “Giant Steps” on bansuri (Indian bamboo flute). But none of this is surprising given where he came from. His latest album, Steps featuring both of these tunes, is a logical response to his life experience, with one foot in ragas and one foot in African and African-American jazz. Reviews...

Deepak Ram’s Latest Classical Release: One Breath

Few living players of the bansuri coax such melodic joy from their instrument as the gifted Deepak Ram. On One Breath, Deepak and accompanying tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee perform three, brilliantly conceived ragas in North Indian Classical (Hindustani) style. With unified precision and balance the two delve deeply into highly formidable, richly liberating musical structures cultivated over centuries by successive master musicians — of whose legacy Ram and Chatterjee both share.

Budowitz Live - Top of the World

Our latest release, Budowitz Live, a double-CD recording by Budowitz has been awarded Songlines Magazines’ 'Top of the World' in their July/ August 2007 issue. Tracks from the album are also included in magazines compilation album that is distributed with the magazine. A review of the release, written by Simon Broughton, appears in the magazine as well. Here are his first and last sentences from the review: “Budowitz are surely the best band playing old-time Jewish instrumental music from Eastern Europe around right now….Throughout the disc the music is raw and gutsy – played with great artistry and a sense of fun.

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