American Psalmody – Workshop with Book of J
Friday, May 1012:00 PM Inter-American Development Bank
When starting the Book of J collaboration, Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood realized that, in addition to their passion for Jewish liturgical traditions, they had a shared repertoire of American folk religious music.
Jewlia had encountered this body of song through her involvement in an activist family, where black and white spirituals had been gainfully re-purposed as protest music; Jeremiah knew the music from his connection to Blues musician Carolina Slim. The same songs are equally at home in devotional and social change contexts.
With the American Psalmody workshop they look at American songs from black and white communities engaged with the Hebrew bible and teach songs and study related texts.
Presented with the Inter-American Developmental Bank
Julia Eisenberg is a musician and composer working at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness. Her music is mostly released with John Zorn’s Tzadik label on the Radical Jewish Culture imprint. Her installation work has been curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan; she performs regularly in Europe and the Americas. She has been a visiting artist at CalArts, MIT, and the University of Colorado.
Jeremiah Lockwood has played around the world from Montreal Jazz to the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali, as the leader of The Sway Machinery and as the guitarist in the Balkan Beat Box. Jeremiah was a recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, an Artist-in-Residence for the Forward and a Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow. He is currently completing a PhD on Khasidic cantorial music at Stanford University.