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Zoyres and Charming Hostess, Berkeley, CA, 10 December 2011

Zoyres & Charming Hostess: Holiday show with winter songs (and sauerkraut!).
Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Saturday December 10
$15-$30 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

Charming Hostess makes lovely noise about complex ideas is at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness. Their music is based on the sounding body: voices and winds, handclaps and heartbeats, sex-breath and silence. They are known for their whirl of eerie harmony, hot rhythm, and radical smarts. This holiday show will feature winter songs of darkness, joy and mystery. Charming Hostess is also presenting music from their installation, The Bowls Project (Tzadik, 2010). Based on inscriptions from Babylonian Jewish amulets known as "demon bowls," The Bowls Project sings of sex, ritual and secrets of the home. File under: APOCALYPTIC-INTIMATE

Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment performs original and Eastern European traditional music (klezmer, Balkan, etc.), approaching these from both a “traditional” and stretched out /experimental framework. The name "Zoyres" derives from the Yiddish term for fermented vegetables, "zoyers." These foods have been transformed by culture and community (of the microbial sort) through incredible biochemical fermentation processes. These "cultural" transformations underlie our own cultural development, as humans have relied and reveled in fermented foods for millennia. Zoyres' music represents the geo-social analogue to the biochemical ferment. Our music, of Eastern European origin, brined in the contemporary cultural milieu, is akin to the pickle, still evident in its cucumbral origin, but with a taste and texture transformed.

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