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Jewlia Eisenberg and her band channel the fears and desires of ancient Jewish women

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Jewlia Eisenberg, with other members of Charming Hostess(Robin Hultgren)

The Bowls Project is an unusual sound and architectural installation now on display at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. A combination of a song cycle, a double-vaulted masonry dome, strangers’ secrets, and inscriptions found in Babylonian Jewish amulets known as “demon bowls,” the Bowls Project is the creation of the composer and performer Jewlia Eisenberg, together with her band, Charming Hostess, and a gang of volunteer architects, masons, and engineers. Tablet Magazine contributor Hadara Graubart spoke to Eisenberg about the project shortly before its opening on July 6. It runs through August 22, and it includes an opportunity to shed some demons of your own. (If you’re abstaining from music during the Three Weeks that precede Tisha B’Av, you’ll want to wait until July 21 to listen.)

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Al Averbach says:

Thanks! What a lovely presentation of history, ideas, and music in what, the space of 10 minutes? An excellent interview, and what responsiveness by the artist! I’ll take in the show as soon as I can.

Trish Graham says:

I love this interview…such honesty within by Jewlia. Hadara has the ability to draw out such amazing responses. I can absolutely visualize being there within the bowl, sharing secrets from ancient history to modern day women. What a great way to tie in contemporary thoughts and life with our very rich pasts. I wish I could go experience it myself. I love it!

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