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"Girls In Trouble" in Daniel Pearl Free Concert Oct. 15

 

‘Girls in Trouble’ has been praised for fusing American folk music and underground rock to share one-of-a-kind stories. On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 8 p.m., the Brooklyn duo will perform its catalogue of fully orchestrated, intriguing songs at a free concert in Fairfield University’s Wien Experimental Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, in honor of Daniel Pearl World Music Days.  

Daniel Pearl World Music Days is an international network of concerts that uses the power of music to reaffirm its commitment to tolerance and humanity. These “Harmony of Humanity” concerts were created after the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, in an effort to remind the world of the principles by which Mr. Pearl lived, the universal power of music and our shared humanity. The Fairfield concert is sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies.

The duo is comprised of multi-instrumentalist Alicia Jo Rabins and bassist Aaron Hartman, and their new album is called “Half You Half Me.” Using an upright bass, drums, accordion, and layered electric guitars, they play songs that are both intimate and wide-ranging. Inspired by storyteller- songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom, bandleader and composer Rabins has mined dark stories of Biblical women, by exploring the hidden places where their lives overlap with her own.

“In writing these songs, I research these stories in original texts and commentaries, but I also look within, searching for places where their stories feel personal, where these ancient stories intersect with contemporary life,” she said. “I've toured across the United States, Europe and Canada performing these songs in a wide range of venues, from rock clubs to basement clubs, but since this project actually began as my Master's Thesis in Jewish Women's Studies, it’s always wonderful to bring these songs to a University setting.”

A classically trained violinist since the age of three, Rabins grew up practicing Bach and sneaking out to Baltimore punk shows. She began touring at eighteen, when she fell in love with traditional fiddle music, then traveled to Jerusalem to immerse herself in a new realm– the study of ancient languages and texts. For two years, she absorbed the stories and rituals of the Torah and Kabbalah. Returning to the States, Rabins attempted to resume her regular life, but found herself haunted still by the ancient stories she had encountered in her studies– especially those of Biblical women, she said.

Realizing their stories echoed with the traditional ballads she loved, Rabins began writing her first songs, taking these Biblical women as her subjects. As she composed, harmonizing quietly into her laptop so as not to wake her roommates, her love of American folk and underground rock fused indelibly with her knowledge of the Hebrew Bible: Girls in Trouble was born.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

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