Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood interact with the art and stories in the exhibition Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. This dazzling duo knits together musical traditions from pan-Judaic sources, performing new and traditional songs in conjunction with the works of art on display.
Jewlia Eisenberg works at the intersection of voice, text, and diaspora consciousness, primarily as the leader of the ensemble Charming Hostess. Her music is mostly released on the Tzadik label's Radical Jewish Culture imprint. Recordings include Sarajevo Blues on Bosnian resistance poetry and Trilectic on the political-erotic world of Walter Benjamin. She often works in immersive installation-making hybrid spaces that incorporate music performance, visitor participation, and experimental ritual. Installations include Teraphim (Meridian Gallery) on household gods; and The Bowls Project (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) on Babylonian women's amulets. She performs regularly in Europe and the Americas and has been a visiting artist at CalArts, MIT, and the University of Colorado.
Jeremiah Lockwood's band The Sway Machinery has played around the world, including music festivals like Montreal Jazz, Roskilde, and perhaps most notably, Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. In addition to leading The Sway Machinery, Lockwood toured for years as guitarist in the popular world-beat band Balkan Beat Box and has scored numerous film and video projects. Lockwood was a recipient of the 2007-08 Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, was 2010 Artist-in-Residence for the Forward and was a 2011 Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow. Lockwood is currently working on a PhD in Education and Jewish Studies at Stanford University. His recent recordings include a solo album entitled LOCKWOOD; a new record from The Sway Machinery entitled Purity and Danger; and most recently, a collaboration with the Brooklyn-based independent community Because Jewish entitled Kol Nidre.
Presented by Contemporary Jewish Museum