Yuval Ron Ensemble

Yuval Ron Ensemble

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“… the music performed by Yuval Ron was food for the soul…” – Eisha Maison, Peace Ministry, Agape Church

Biography

Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the opposing people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The Ensemble includes Jewish and Arabic musicians as well as Christian Armenian artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. The Yuval Ron Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support and was chosen to be featured in PBS “Holiday Celebration” TV specials in 2005 and 2006 and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004.

In 2002 and 2005, the ensemble was featured at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be the first American-based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an International Peace Festival ’05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and its cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the International Chihuahua Festival.

In 2003, the Yuval Ron Ensemble released their first album “Under The Olive Tree” on Magda Records. The album is an International favorite with world music lovers and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Echoes” and “Hearts of Space” programs. The album was followed in 2005 with the much-awaited second album “Tree Of Life,” also on Magda Records.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble was in residencies at numerous schools such as Brandeis University, John Hopkins University and Middlebury College and has performed numerous benefit concerts to support organizations that promote peace and help the disadvantaged.

Discography

Tree of Life (featuring Najwa Gibran) (2005), Under the Olive Tree: Sacred Music of the Middle East (2003)

Set List

The Mystical Music of the Middle East
The Yuval Ron Ensemble includes Arabic, Jewish and Christian artists who come together to unite the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church into an unusual musical celebration. Composer and world-music record producer Yuval Ron imparts the ancient and deep inter cultural connection between these three traditions and the musical influences they share. The concert features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey, Jewish prayers from Morocco, Yemen and Israel and Armenian chants. With the addition of the colorful guest dancers this program is a feast for the senses!