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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 a poet, composer, performer and Torah scholar. Her poetry book, Divinity School, was selected by C.D. Wright for the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize and published by American Poetry Review in September. As a musician, Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, with whom she has released three albums. A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, her one-woman chamber-rock opera about the intersection of spirituality and finance, was named one of Portland’s five best theatre performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week. She played bluegrass fiddle across Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, and toured for eight years as the violinist in Brooklyn-based klezmer-punk band, Golem. Alicia lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their two small children.