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LA Archivera: Sonic Treasures from Ottoman Jewish Los Angeles with Book of J

LA Archivera: Sonic Treasures from Ottoman Jewish Los Angeles with Book of J

In "LA Archivera," musicians Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood arrange and compose new music based on archivist Emily Sene's audio collection (held by UCLA) with a special focus on the interaction between sites of memory, migration, and myth. Emily Sene was a Sephardic Jew from Turkey. She immigrated in the 1930s to Cuba and lived happily in Havana for years, meeting and marrying musician Isaac Sene there. In the 1940s, they moved to Los Angeles. They had a good life, but she missed the music of her youth: Sephardic pop songs in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish). In the 1950s, she began to drive around LA, picking up unwanted records from other Turkish Jews. Soon after, she bought a tape recorder, and began recording singers in her community, especially her husband and his band. With no institutional support or formal training, Emily Sene became the most important collector of Sephardic song in the Americas. Her sonic archive celebrates joyous sensuality, language diversity and an aesthetic informed by her journey: Edirne—Havana—Los Angeles. In LA Archivera, we arrange and compose new music based on Sene's collection and in conversation with her sites of migration. This performance is an introduction to 20th-Century Jewish Ottoman music traditions and an exploration of Sephardic Jewish music culture in mid-century Los Angeles. Jewlia 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. Sponsored by the Cornell Jewish Studies. 

 

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Time and Place
November 11, 2019, 8:00 pm
Barnes Hall Auditorium, 129 Ho Plaza, Cornell University