Dear Friends,

Charming Hostess has an exciting show coming up at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. This new museum has an amazing space (designed by Daniel Libeskind, no less) dedicated to sound work. The inaugural sound pieces have been curated by John Zorn and feature luminaries such as Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and your local Hostess Jewlia Eisenberg. Charming Hostess will be performing HEAVENSHOW, an electroacoustic site-specific piece based on the Hebrew letter Hei.

Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yud Gallery.


Thursday, December 4
7 PM
Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco
736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth streets)
San Francisco, CA
$8 members; $12 general. Tickets include Museum admission.
Buy advance tickets here:


Charming Hostess

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Sorry about that, Jewlia has been in and out of the hospital a bunch and wasn't sure if this show was really going to happen. But she’s feeling a lot better and plans to celebrate by doing a lot of deep breathing.


Hei represents divine breath. The Source of Life breathed the world into existence with the sound of this letter. As the fifth letter of the Alef-Bet, it corresponds on a physical level to the five fingers, the five senses, and the five dimensions; on a spiritual level to the fifth day of creation and to the five levels of soul from instinct to transcendence. Hei is a name for the Eternal and the introduction of Hei to a human name (Sarai to Sarah) indicates a connection to the Eternal. The final Hei in YHVH both guards and reveals the power that rests in the great name.

HEAVENSHOW explores breath as creation and revelation. The piece is full of breath, processed in many ways: through my body, through wind instruments, through electronics. The changing iterations of the breath serve an invocatory function; echoing the use of Hei in amulets. Most of my recent work is based on texts of sex and magic from Babylonian Jewish amulets from the time of the Talmud. In HEAVENSHOW, the central text is also Jewish from Babylon, also visceral and creepy, but around 1000 years older. Here an army of zombies in Ezekiel 37 are re-animated by Hei, the divine breath:

This is what G-d says to these bones: 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live... ' When I looked, the sinews and flesh formed over the bones and skin covered them, but the bodies had no breath in them. Then G-d said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath! Prophesy, son of man, and tell the breath what the Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, so that they may live.'

Charming Hostess | San Francisco, CA

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