Author Talk with Jeremiah Lockwood
Wed 2/21/2024 • 1PM - 2:30PM PST
Jeremiah Lockwood will discuss his book from UC Press, Golden Ages: Hasidic Singers and Cantorial Revival in the Digital Era.
Golden Ages is an ethnographic study of young singers in the contemporary Brooklyn Hasidic community who base their aesthetic explorations of the culturally intimate space of prayer on the gramophone-era cantorial golden age. Jeremiah Lockwood proposes a view of their work as a nonconforming social practice that calls upon the sounds and structures of Jewish sacred musical heritage to disrupt the aesthetics and power hierarchies of their conservative community, defying institutional authority and pushing at normative boundaries of sacred and secular. Beyond its role as a desirable art form, golden age cantorial music offers aspiring Hasidic singers a form of Jewish cultural productivity in which artistic excellence, maverick outsider status, and sacred authority are aligned.
A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Learn more at University of California Press.