CHARMING HOSTESS performs the GINZBURG GEOGRAPHY
BARBES 7PM MARCH 24
Barbes 7pm March 24
Radical cartography has never sounded so sweet!
Charming Hostess 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 of the Ginzburg Geography draws from Italian regional traditions, anti-fascist songs, and Italian Jewish liturgy. In concert form, the Ginzburg Geography is a music performance; in its final form it will be an immersive installation.
Charming Hostess works at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness. Led by founder Jewlia Eisenberg, they have released four CDs on Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture series including Sarajevo Blues, which sets Bosnian resistance poetry, and Trilectic, a look at the political-erotic world of Walter Benjamin. They often work in immersive installation—making hybrid spaces that incorporate music performance, visitor participation, and experimental ritual. Recent installations include Teraphim (Meridian, 2013) on household gods; and The Bowls Project (YBCA 2010) on Babylonian women’s amulets. Jewlia and Charming Hostess have been visiting artists at CalArts, MIT, and UCLA, where they taught on the boundary lands holding music, spirit and critical theory. Their music has been curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF and the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan; they have performed from the ZeroOne Bienialle to the Sarajevo Jazz Festival.
Tuesday, March 24
376 9th Street
We have a lovely new video by filmmaker Martin Errichiello from our time in Italy this summer, featuring one of our favorite trumpet players, Charles Ferris. The text is by Leone Ginzburg: "The people's war will have open agitation as its animating center; full intransigence, its revolutionary banner…This is the first nucleus of a popular Italian army not at the service of dynastic interests, nor to safeguard social privilege, but to seal, at the price of sacrifice and blood, the rebirth of a free Italy in a free Europe."