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|Born||Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|Origin||New York City, U.S.|
|Died|| (aged 50)|
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Genres||avant-garde, modern classical music|
|Labels||Tzadik, Recommended Records (RéR)|
|Associated acts||Charming Hostess|
Jewlia Eisenberg (died March 11, 2021) was an American singer, composer, bassist, educator, and cantor. As founder and bandleader of Charming Hostess she coined the term "Nerdy-Sexy-Commie-Girly" to describe her genre of music which spans an eclectic range of styles.
Her music was both physical, using voices, vocal percussion, handclaps, heartbeats, sex-breath, silence, and also intellectual, exploring such topics as Bosnian genocide in Sarajevo Blues (2004) and the political/erotic nexus of Walter Benjamin and his Marxist muse in Trilectic (2002). Both of these works were released on John Zorn's Radical Jewish Series on Tzadik.
She was commissioned from such sources as by the Sloan Foundation and the Goethe Institut SF and has received numerous awards, including: Trust for Mutual Understanding grant for collaboration with poets in ex-Yugoslavia, the Puffin Foundation grant for her Red Rosa project, a Katzenstein Fellow for collaboration with experimental architects and engineers as an Artist-In-Residence at MIT, a Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund Grant for 'The Grim Arithmetic of Water, with aerial dance choreographer Jo Kreiter, a Goldman Fund Tikea Fellow for project-based radical film and music work with youth, and a Weisz Fellow for field research and recording among Jewish women in the Gondar region of Ethiopia. Eisenberg enjoyed a retreat as part of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in October–November 2006.
Eisenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Starrett City. Her parents were communists, and she stated that she lived with them in "a commune that was for black and Jewish people". Eisenberg's mother was a musician, who encouraged her musical development.
Eisenberg's music got a kick-start at University of California in Barrington Hall. It was there that she founded the first incarnation of Charming Hostess. At that time the West Oakland scene was also home to bands such as Fibulator and Eskimo. Half of the members of Charming Hostess were also in Idiot Flesh and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Eisenberg has described the genre of early Charming Hostess as "klezmer-punk/balkan-funk". Members included Jewlia Eisenberg (voice, direction), Carla Kihlstedt (voice, fiddle), Nina Rolle (voice, accordion), Wes Anderson (drums), Nils Frykdahl (guitar, flute, saxophone, percussion), and Dan Rathbun (bass).
Illness and death
Discography as leader
- Book of J, self-titled. (3rd Generation Records, 2018)
- The Bowls Project, as Charming Hostess. (Tzadik Records, Radical Jewish Culture, 2010)
- Punch, as Charming Hostess. (Recommended Records, 2005)
- Sarajevo Blues, as Charming Hostess. (Tzadik Records, Radical Jewish Culture, 2004)
- Thick, with Red Pocket. (Tzadik Records, Oracle Women's Series, 2004)
- Trilectic, (Tzadik Records, Radical Jewish Culture, 2002)
- Eat, as Charming Hostess. (Vaccination Records, 1998)
- John Zorn: Masada Anniversary Edition Vol. 2: Voices in the Wilderness. (Tzadik Records, Radical Jewish Culture, 2003)
- Various Artists : Great Jewish Music: Sasha Argov. (Tzadik Records, Radical Jewish Culture, 2003)
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- Armstrong, Gene (2005-03-10). "Wrapped in Politics". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
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- Suskin, Alana (2021-03-11). "Heaven Sitting Down". Jewschool. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
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- Davis, Jon (2021-03-14). "Jewlia Eisenberg RIP". Exposé Online. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jewlia Eisenberg.|
- Jewlia Eisenberg/Jeremiah Lockwood Live performance and interview NYC Radio Live Podcast, July 2018
- Jewlia Eisenberg interview. BBC's The World - by Benjamin Temchine, Sept 2005.
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