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Fierce as Death | Queer as Song of Songs (Concert)

Sun, Oct 2, 2022, 2:30pm4:00pm

Jewlia Eisenberg in a black and red dress, singing in front of a grey backdrop
Sun, Oct 2, 2022
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens
760 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718

Artist, activist, composer and collaborator Jewlia Eisenberg (z”l) of blessed memory died in March 2021. Throughout her career, Jewlia worked in immersive installation—making hybrid spaces that incorporate music performance, visitor participation and ritual. On October 2, a group of artists, friends, musicians and spiritual teachers from around the country continue that practice through an exploration of Jewlia’s love of the Song of Songs—a poem of undomesticated freedom in a world of abundance, free of patriarchy, and a subject of Jewlia’s ongoing Queer Piyutim project. This event also marks the release of Jewlia’s posthumous album, The Ginzburg Geography on Tzadik’s Spectrum Series.

The installation, led by Seth Eisen at the Contemporary Jewish Museum opens at Noon, exploring Jewlia’s archive, and her art, while considering Jewlia’s connection to faith, roots, power and beauty. The guided immersive experience inside the museum culminates in a concert at Jessie Square (in front of the CJM) starting at 2:30pm.

Produced by musician/composer Marika Hughes and musical director Dan Cantrell, the musical celebration pays homage to Jewlia’s work, exploring her musical canon and presenting new art rooted in the pursuit of justice and learning. Featured artists traveling from around the U.S. to perform and celebrate Jewlia include Frank London, Cynthia Taylor, Mathias Kunzli, Nina Rolle, Ianna Owens, Jeremiah Lockwood, Jason Ditzian, Shahzad Ismaily, Michael Pinkham, Ganda Suthivarikom, Jess Ivry, Dan Cantrell and other special guests.

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Commissioned by the Creative Work Fund, Fierce as Death: Queering the Song of Songs was a part of Jewlia’s ongoing Queer Piyutim project. For Jewlia, the Song of Songs offered fluidity between male and female voices and suggests a non-binary, queer Eden where people, animals and plants can all be erotic subjects, in constant relation and transformation. In our present moment, the image of a world free of borders and hierarchy resonates now more than ever. Fierce As Death is a perfect place to start.

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