Alicia Jo Rabins is a Brooklyn-based poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar. With Girls in Trouble, her art-pop song cycle about the women of Torah, Rabins tours internationally and has released two albums to critical acclaim. Poetry publication credits include American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, 6×6, and anthologies from NYU Press and Knopf. Residencies and awards include LMCC’s Workspace, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 14th Street Y’s LABA Fellowship, fiscal sponsorship from NYFA, tours to Central America, and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department/Jazz at Lincoln Center, and a commission from the Contemporary Jewish Museum (SF). Rabins holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and an M.A. in Jewish Women’s Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary; she is currently developing A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a performative song cycle about the financial collapse and its spiritual implications, supported by the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists.

During her Swing Space residency, Rabins will develop A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a performative song cycle about the spiritual implications of the financial collapse. Performed by Alicia Jo Rabins on violin and voice through a range of looping pedals and processors, this musical essay investigates the intersection of mysticism and finance, the inevitability of cycles, and the true meaning of wealth.

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