- Tour Schedule
Other Promo Materials
Click on the link titles to view the file and click the Download link to download the file.Heart of the Holidays One Sheet | Download
Around the World in Song One Sheet | Download
Forgotten Kingdom Interactive Presenters' Kit | Download
Forgotten Kingdom One Sheet | Download
Forgotten Kingdom Postcard | Download
Guy Mendilow Ensemble One Sheet | Download
Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom: Micro-Documentary/EPK
Mancevo Del Dor (A Modern Man) — A Live Video from the Guy Mendilow Ensemble
Hermanas Reina Y Cautiva (Sisters, Queen & Captive) — Live Video from Guy Mendilow Ensemble
Esta Montaña D'Enfrente (The Mountain Ahead Burns) — A Live Video from Guy Mendilow Ensemble
Guy Mendilow on Curious George (PBS Kids)
Guy Mendilow Ensemble Arts for All Concert
“An international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble operates on the notion that the fantastic can do more than just entertain: It can give glimpses of the past and stir highly resonant, deeply moving connections to contemporary struggles and dilemmas. With this premise in mind, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble combines world-class musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that conjure voices lost to war and upheaval, whisk audiences to distant times and picturesque places and, ultimately, inspire the motivation to care and question.
Alongside touring with the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, members are on the faculty of music schools like the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India and tour/record with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Yo Yo Ma, Snarky Puppy, the Assad Brothers, Christian McBride, the Video Game Orchestra, Amanda Palmer and Simon Shaheen. Formed in 2004, the Ensemble is based in Boston, MA and New York, NY, USA.
Musical Director, Vocals, Overtone Singing, Berimbau, Guitar (Israel/UK/USA)
A citizen of Israel, Great Britain and the United States, Guy Mendilow grew up in what seemed like a global game of hopscotch with homes in Israel, the United States, South Africa and, later, stints in Mexico and Brazil. He began his professional stage career at age ten, touring internationally and domestically with the American Boychoir and singing some two hundred concerts a year in venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Today, Mendilow is quickly developing a reputation as a leader in a wave of young musicians sparking fascination with traditional Ladino song. His gift is in connecting diverse audiences with the adventure, humour and grit of old Sephardi songs from Sarajevo, Salonica and Rhodes, sung in the endangered Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino.
Mendilow grew up listening to Ladino songs in his boyhood Jerusalem home and attended school in one of the area’s larger Ladino communities. Yet it wasn’t until later that he started listening through other artists’ interpretations to the traditional songs themselves and their tales — and got hooked. Today, Mendilow’s creative process with Ladino song begins with ethnomusicological field recordings, followed by research into the songs’ traditional function and context. Most of these songs were sung primarily by women, in the home or life-cycle events like weddings, unaccompanied except perhaps for a drum. The themes may be dark, but the songs were normally sung in a familiar way, without being taken overly seriously and certainly lacking much of the theatricality in which they are commonly presented today.
Mendilow’s next steps often lead him away from tradition, knowingly and deliberately. He asks compositional questions: “What can I imagine the mood of the story, or the emotions of some of the characters, to be, despite the traditional ways the song would have been sung? Was I to create a soundtrack for this story, how would I use the musical tools available to me, and the expertise of the Ensemble members, to bring these tales, moods and emotions to life in a way that will feel personally real, and that will give audiences a powerful emotional experience?” The result is a vivid, often daring recasting that springboards from tradition and into modern imagination.
Mendilow frequently presents in universities across the U.S. including Harvard University, University of Washington, Emory University, Cornell University, Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College. He earned his Masters in Music and International Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA where he is currently a candidate for the advanced Dalcroze License diploma.
From Cordoba, Argentina, vocalist Sofia Tosello is part of an exciting group of young transnational artists advancing change in Latin American song. She brings her expertise in such Latin American Cancion traditions as Tango, Chacarera, Bolero, Son and Zamba into the broader “world” jazz scene, including Bossa Nova and Funk. Ms. Tosello has performed, recorded and toured worldwide with renowned bands and artists such as Horacio “El Negro Hernandez”, Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, Aquiles Baez, Julio Santillan, Alex Cuba, Pavel Urkiza, Marta Gomez, La Cumbiamba eneye, Thalia. She is on the voice faculty at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India and is a guest artist-educator at universities and schools throughout the U.S., Peru and Argentina.
Learn more about Sofia at sofiatosello.com
Drums & Percussion (Palestine)
Percussionist Tareq Rantisi was born in Jerusalem and raised in Ramallah, Palestine. While in Palestine he performed internationally with the Edward Said National Conservatory and the Franco-German Cultural Centre in Ramallah and appeared on such acclaimed recordings as the feature film soundtrack to Bird on a Wire. Tareq was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music. He regularly collaborates with such artists as Simon Shaheen, Majazz, Kudsi Erguner and Mangred Leuchter, performing on stages from the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation in the US to Montreal's Royal Conservatory of Music and the Chabada Festival in France. Learn more about Tareq at tareqrantisi.com
Woodwinds, Jawharps, Mbira, Saxophones (USA)
American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and recording artist Andy Bergman plays clarinet, saxophones, and a variety of other woodwind and percussion instruments. Grounded in classical technique, Bergman's musicality is informed by years of work with a wide range of ensembles from orchestras and theater pits to afro-funk, klezmer, folk, reggae, and jazz bands. His growing list of credits includes appearances at the Chicago World Music Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Festival Mawazine (Morocco), Baloise Session (Switzerland), Cully Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Colours of Ostrava (Czech Rep), Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto), Cappadox Festival (Turkey), Women Of The World Festival (Frankfurt), Carthage Jazz Festival (Tunisia), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celebrity Series (Boston). Current collaborations include tours and recordings with Iyeoka, Guy Mendilow Ensemble, The Macrotones, Destroy Babylon, and The Doped Up Dollies. Learn more about Andy at andybergman.com
Chris Baum is a contemporary violinist, composer, and educator who "ushers the violin into fresh sonic territory" (NPR). A pioneer of modern string technique, his strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing boundaries while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. Trained in a demanding classical environment, Baum expanded his musical vocabulary at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors, studying under cellist Eugene Friesen, violinist Mimi Rabson, and composer Sheldon Mirowitz. Chris' growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Symmetry, Art Decade, Ben Levin, Guy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured him as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China, Taiwan, and Japan. Learn more about Chris at chrisbaummusic.com
Click here to see current touring productions
Visit the Guy Mendilow Ensemble's Presenters' Toolbox, a one-stop-shop where you'll find fliers, press releases, season brochure descriptions, postcards, teaching guides and more!
Remembering a ‘Forgotten Kingdom’
“Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom” sounds like the name of a sword-and-sorcery television show. The truth, though, is that it’s a theatrical musical presentation that tells romantic, touching and sometimes heart-rending stories of Sephardic communities during the early part of the 20th century in cities such as Smyrna (Izmir) and Salonika (Thessaloniki) on the Aegean Sea, Sarajevo, now in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Jerusalem.
The show features more than a dozen songs in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish dialect Sephardic Jews took with them when they were exiled from Spain and Portugal more than 500 years ago, with an English narration that translates the songs and provides historical context.
Conceived, written, and composed in 2011 by the Israeli-born guitarist, singer and composer Guy Mendilow, 39, “Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom” has been staged dozens of times at festivals, theaters, colleges and community centers throughout the United States and Canada, including at the Skirball Cultural Center in 2014. Mendilow and his quintet, which includes a Palestinian percussionist and an Argentine vocalist, have received many honors and awards, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
"Culturally significant."— Bruce Halliday, Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
"...music of hope and affirmation, sophisticated in its delivery but easily accessible to listeners anywhere." —Chicago Tribune
|10/30/2017 - 11/01/2017|| Wyoming Girls School
Songwriting Residency for students of the Wyoming Girls School, sponsored by Wyo Theater
|11/02/2017|| WYO Theatre
|11/03/2017 - 11/04/2017|| Kenyon College
|11/05/2017|| The Holland Theatre
|11/07/2017 - 11/09/2017|| Krannert Center
|11/10/2017 - 11/11/2017|| Ontario Contact
|11/16/2017|| Charter Oak Cultural Center
|11/17/2017|| Von Der Mehden Recital Hall (Public Lecture)
||Storrs Center, CT|
|11/29/2017|| Wellesley College
|11/30/2017|| Club Passim
|12/16/2017|| Krock Center
Celebrity Series of Boston presents the premiere of GME's new holiday show, also featuring Boston City Singers
Click the links below to learn more:
- University Lecture Demos and Masterclasses
- Workshops for Adults & Youth
- Programs for School-Age Children
- Choral / String Collaborations
- Custom Residency Examples
"Our audience of (800) children was transfixed. I was spellbound. This is the kind of experience that can open your eyes and ears...If you are trying to open your audiences to new horizons, if you are trying to expose the arts to children or adults, if you seek a new experience for yourself, I highly recommend the Guy Mendilow Ensemble to you."
— Chad Haight, Admiral Theatre, Bremerton, WA
“a vital and vibrant way to illustrate the possibilities of interfaith and intercultural cooperation.”
— Greg Mcgonigle, President of the National Association of College & University Chaplains; Tufts University, Medford, MA
“In my 27 years of hiring artists, I can truthfully say that Guy is one of the finest and most intelligent musicians I have ever encountered....[Guy] is a music educator with very high standards.” — Robin Baker, Senior Manager of Community Engagement, Celebrity Series of Boston
|812-339-1195 X 202|