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Alicia Jo Rabins is a musician, composer, performer, writer, and feminist Torah teacher. She composes and records music for television, film, installations, audiobooks and podcasts; has released five albums of original music under her own name and as Girls in Trouble; and toured Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. A classically trained violinist and composer, Rabins has a deep knowledge of Appalachian and klezmer folk traditions and a deep love for building ambient violin tracks through electronic pedals and effects.
Scoring credits include PBS ("Poetry in America" series); artist Hadassa Goldvicht ("House of Life" video installation @ Venice Biennale); the Simon & Schuster audiobook for Sophia Shalmiyev's memoir "Mother Winter"; the Jewish Women's Archive podcast; the short doc "Chavruta: A Drummer's Bat Mitzvah"; and Working Assumptions Foundation's immersive digital photo installation, "showing (work x family)."
As a writer, performer, theater maker and ritualist, Rabins' work explores the intersection of ancient wisdom texts with everyday life. She is the creator and performer of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women with accompanying curriculum, and A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a chamber-rock opera about the intersection of finance and spirituality which is currently being made into an independent feature film. Rabins holds a MFA in poetry and is the author of two collections of poetry, Divinity School (APR/Honickman First Book Prize) and Fruit Geode (Augury Books).
Rabins is also a coffee drinker, plant lover, DIY bar/bat mitzvah tutor, and ritualist. She tours internationally as a violinist, singer and performer from her home base in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two kids. She loves spending time in Los Angeles and New York City.
You can call her Alicia.