Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandWorldAcoustic

Get ready for an emotionally powerful, artistic voyage that breathes new life into songs from the old Sephardi communities of Salónica and Sarajevo. Epic tales of sailors and love lost to the seas and the intrigue of kings abound in arrangements that crackle with rich musical storytelling.

Biography

NOW TOURING
TALES FROM THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM: LADINO SONGS RENEWED

What happens to a song when it moves, and moves again? What happens when a music that is the product of hundreds of years of migrations continues to travel?

Get ready for an emotionally powerful, artistic voyage awash with warm harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms. Starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo, Salónica and Jerusalem, the award winning ensemble breathes new life into centuries-old Sephardi romanzas and canticas. Epic tales of sailors and love lost to the seas, fantastic dreams and the intrigue of kings and queens abound in arrangements that crackle with rich musical storytelling.

Step into a new world of Ladino music, re-imagined by a team of internationally recognized players and spearheaded by charismatic Israeli composer/performer Guy Mendilow. It’s a recasting that shifts from spare to sweepingly cinematographic, taking the music out of the realm of art songs and back to its roots as songs of the streets and of fiestas: A music alive with adventure and humour and grit.

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The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is an award winning sextet comprised of world-class musicians representing a variety of national backgrounds: the USA, Israel, Palestine, Japan and the UK. Formed in 2004, the Ensemble has been enthusiastically received in venues ranging from world and traditional music festivals to performing arts centers, progressive Jewish organizations and universities.

Alongside touring with the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, members are on the faculty of leading music schools like Boston’s Berklee School of Music and tour/record with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Yo Yo Ma, the Assad Brothers, Christian McBride and Simon Shaheen. The group is currently based in Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY.

The group’s newest touring program, Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom: Ladino Songs Renewed, brings new audiences to traditional Jewish music from the old Sephardi communities that were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 and that subsequently settled in the Balkans, Mediterranean and other parts of the Ottoman Empire.

Discography

AWARDS & HONORS:
• Boston’s Best World Music Act — Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll 2005, 2011
(readership: 670,000, circulation: 253,000)
• Winner, World Music Song Contest — Global Rhythm Magazine (circulation: over 600,000)
• Winner, Director’s Choice Award — Mid Atlantic Song Contest 2006

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RECORDING CREDITS:

• Guy Mendilow Ensemble: Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom: Ladino Songs Renewed
(To be released Autumn 2012 - Earthen Groove Records)
• Guy Mendilow Band: Skyland (Earthen Groove Records)
• Guy Mendilow: Live (Earthen Groove Records)
• Guy Mendilow: Soar Away Home (Earthen Groove Records)
• Josh Ritter: Josh Ritter (Hungry Ear Records)
• Josh Ritter, Bridget Matros & Guy Mendilow: Voices in the Attic — 6206 Ellen Ave (The Union Label)
• International Musicians for Peace: Por Estos Pies Que Aun Caminaran Mucho (Bicycle Café Music)
• Miria: Songs of Love and Freedom Vol. II (Gratia Music)
• Various recordings as part of the American Boychoir (1988-1991) including Malcolm Dalglish’s Hymnody of Earth with Glen Velez (Musicmasters) and The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration with John Williams and the Boston Pops (Sony Classical).

SELECT NATIONAL RADIO FEATURES:

• Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour — with Michael Johnathon — broadcast on NPR, PBS and other radio, internet and television stations in the USA and over 175 countries worldwide.
• The Midnight Special — Folkstage with Rich Warren — WFMT 98.7 FM (Chicago, IL — National Syndicate)

SELECT NATIONAL TELEVISION FEATURES:

• Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour — with Michael Johnathon — broadcast on NPR, PBS and other radio, internet and television stations in the USA and over 175 countries worldwide.
• Curious George — PBS Kids (National Syndicate)

FILM SOUNDTRACKS:

• Peace Corps: Celebrating 45 Years of Service — Peace Corps New England 2006
• Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School — Keshet Films 2005
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SELECT PERFORMANCE CREDITS:


FESTIVALS
• Chicago World Music Festival (Chicago, IL)
• Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music & Dance
(Altamont, NY)
• Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Hillsdale, NY)
• Philadelphia Folk Festival (Schwenksville, PA)
• Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA)
• International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven, CT)
• Festival Mémoire et Racines (Joliette, QC, Canada)
• Greater Chicago Jewish Festival (Chicago, IL)
• Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (Ontanagon, MI)
• Landfall Festival of World Music (Cedar Rapids, IA)
• Champlain Valley Folk Festival (Ferrisburgh, VT)
• New Bedford Summerfest (New Bedford, MA)
• Great River Folk Festival (LaCrosse, WI)
• Central PA Festival of the Arts (State College, PA)
• Cambridge River Festival (Cambridge, MA)
• Connecticut Folk Festival (New Haven, CT)
• Oberlin Folk Festival (Oberlin, OH)
• Bowling Green International Festival
(Bowling Green, KY)
• Dance Flurry Festival (Saratoga, NY)
• Bluemont Concert Series (Winchester, Ashland, VA)
• First Night Boston (Boston, MA)
• First Night Morris (Morristown, NJ)
• First Night Binghamton (Binghamton, NY)

THEATERS/PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS
• Shalin Liu Perfomance Center (Rockport, MA)
• Mayne Stage Theatre (Chicago, IL)
• Riverside Concerts (Rochester, MN)
• Levitt Pavilion, Steel Stacks (Bethlehem, PA)
• Tribeca Performing Arts Center (New York, NY)
• Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Lake, NY)
• Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL)
• Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA)
• Royal Tyler Theatre (Burlington, VT)
• Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry, NH)
• Oswego Music Hall (Oswego, NY)
• Kentucky Theatre (Lexington, KY)
• Regent Theatre (Arlington, MA)
• Sellersville Theatre (Sellersville, PA)
• Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (Cambridge, MA)
• Shea Theater (Turner Falls, MA)
• World Café Live (Philadelphia, PA)

UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES
• Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
• Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
• Boston University (Boston, MA)
• Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
• Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
• Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati, OH)