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PRESS FOR ALICIA JO RABINS’ PROJECTS
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The Biblical scholar, violinist, poet, and songwriter Alicia Jo Rabins fronts Girls in Trouble, a dynamic folk-rock group…Rabins’ writing focuses on the storytelling aspects of the Bible, drawing parallels between the female characters in those tales and herself.
—The New Yorker
[Alicia Jo Rabins’] solo music encompasses her varying tastes and influences, from the classical formalism of Bach and Ives to more-rustic evocations of country and folk music…sweetly beguiling intimacy
[Alicia Jo Rabins’ poems]…walk the line between mythic and contemporary…lightly swinging images and abstractions into a meditation on things most timeless.
Alicia Jo Rabins’s tender version of…“Sivivon Sov Sov Sov” should be a Hanukkah standard. Her plucked violin and gorgeous voice could be a Jewish “Silent Night.”
—New York Times
Beautiful…Girls in Trouble puts a fresh twist on ancient stories, as well as folk music in general.
Rabins has used her scholar’s head and poet’s heart to give personality to the long-buried women of her songs. Their tales are extraordinary, yes, but they resonate down the millennia when told by such by such a consummate storyteller.
[Alicia Jo Rabins writes] catchy indie-rock originals…Her retelling of…often scandalous, murderous tales distills them to a universal essence, so that they work as reflections of contemporary life, not just as fables.
Gorgeous…pure indie rock gold.
—Giant Robot Magazine (about Girls in Trouble, Half You Half Me)
Alicia Jo Rabins is an award-winning writer, musician, performer and Jewish educator. The New York Times calls her voice “gorgeous”; the San Francisco Chronicle calls her writing “a poetry page-turner, both sexy and humble.” She is the author of Divinity School (winner of the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize) and Fruit Geode (finalist for the 2018 Jewish Book Award). She is the writer and star of A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, an independent feature film about the intersection of finance and mysticism, currently on the festival circuit and slated for wide release in 2022. As a musician, she has released three albums and accompanying feminist Torah study guides with Girls in Trouble, her indie-folk song cycle about Biblical women; toured across Central America and Kuwait playing fiddle as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department; and played fiddle with klezmer-rock band Golem for eight years. Rabins lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children. Find her at www.aliciajo.com.
Alicia Jo Rabins is an award-winning writer, musician, performer and Torah teacher. She is the author of two poetry books, Divinity School and Fruit Geode. Music/performance projects include Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about women in Torah, and the forthcoming independent feature film, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff. Visit her at www.aliciajo.com.