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Jewlia Eisenberg

HEAVENSHOW

HEAVENSHOW, by Jewlia Eisenberg, was curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of the Alef-Bet Sound Project. HEAVENSHOW is based on the Hebrew letter Hei, which represents divine breath. As the fifth letter of the Alef-Bet, it corresponds on a physical level to the five fingers, the five senses, and the five dimensions.. HEAVENSHOW explores breath as creation and revelation. The piece is full of breath, processed in many ways: through the body, through wind instruments, through electronics.

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Oh Barren One: from “The Bowls Project”

In the Bowls Project, Jewlia Eisenberg set texts drawn from Babylonian amulets known as demon bowls. Demon bowls were inscribed with a householder’s desires and buried under the door. These spiraled inscriptions are among the few existing records of female voices during the time and place of the Babylonian Talmud. The bowls inhabit the world of the “apocalyptic intimate”–a spirit-rich environment where the vast supernatural realm intersects the tiny domestic sphere. This immersive installation was at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Guerra di Popolo: from The Ginzburg Geography

The Ginzburg Geography is a a sonic cartography. In it Eisenberg explores sense of place in the lives of Natalia and Leone Ginzburg, famous for their intellectual brilliance and resistance to Mussolini’s fascist state. This project is a musical map of the Ginzburgs, with new music set to their work, evoking their lives in Turin, Abruzzo, and Rome—the places that sustained them emotionally, spiritually, and politically. The sonic palette incorporates regional traditions,anti-fascist song and Italian Jewish liturgy.

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