"Buoyant, life-affirming, sweetly acoustic…a folk music of hope and affirmation." — Chicago Tribune

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble opens up a world of music to children in this deeply interactive global adventure. Uplifting, funny and fun, this show starts with the premise that children deserve the respect and dignity of “real people.” With songs, stories and instruments from cultures worldwide, GME introduces children to the amazing ways people make music with their voices, bodies, and whatever else they find at-hand.

 


Recognition

Our school audiences were absolutely enthralled by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble. Guy’s compelling presence draws young people into a musical and narrative journey that sparkles with humor and humanity, compassion and joy.

 Around the World in Song is a wonderfully engaging, deeply musical experience. As enchanting as it is pedagogically sound, the show includes meaningful roles for the children at every turn, conveyed with an underlying respect for children as fellow people. 

In addition to his consummate musicianship, Guy Mendilow brought a high level of organization, responsiveness, and generosity to his residency that were an absolute joy to work with.
— Emily Laugesen, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL
Our audience of 800 children was transfixed. I was spellbound. This is the kind of experience that can open your eyes and ears to possibilities never imagined...
I asked the children as they were leaving the theatre after the concert how the experience had been for them. It was the first time I heard unanimous appreciation.

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
From the moment they began, the children were mesmerized. Guy Mendilow is not only a talented musician, but a gifted educator as well. He could read the group perfectly and knew exactly what the students needed next. The other musicians in the group were equally talented and the whole group together was one of the best performances I have experienced in over 26 years of education.
— Tina Monroe, Indian Creek Elementary School, Cedar Rapids IA
Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s Around the World in Song is compelling, wonderfully engaging and deeply educational. For children, GME cultivates listening and musical skills in ways that are important and unusual, addressing contemporary social issues with tact, thoughtfulness and caring. Their performance was an inspiring event for me as an audience member and instructor, for my graduate students (all whom are teachers and pre-service teachers), and for the hundreds of elementary school children present. Warmly and enthusiastically recommended! 
— Liora Bresler, University of IL, Champaign, IL

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Somewhere between This American Life and a top-tier world music concert, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble is "an international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America. GME combines evocative, world-class music and storytelling in shows exploring pivotal moments of change — not from the vantage of our own historical hindsight, but as reflected in the day-to-day of those living through the shifts, making their choices in the moment, not knowing how the dots will ultimately connect. To gain insight into these moments, the Ensemble draws on traditional tunes, technique, and tales but in elegant arrangements and with radical reframing.

Whisking audiences to picturesque times and sweeping landscapes, conjuring voices lost to war and upheaval, GME holds a mirror to our own debates and tensions in shows  that “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), stirring deeply moving connections to struggles and dilemmas we tangle with today.


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