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

Everyone becomes part of the music-making in the Guy Mendilow Ensemble's family concerts! Through colorful songs, stories and games, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble transports families on an exhilarating interactive adventure through Ensemble members' diverse homes worldwide. In this deeply musical, pedagogically-sound performance,  families encounter vibrant characters and some of the band's most fascinating "stars:" instruments like overtone singing, the munnharpa (jaw harp) and musical bow and arrow. 

Artist Statement

"Only our best is just good enough for children." — Zoltán Kodály

That's a sentiment we take to heart because we know that children's early music experiences shape the rest of their musical lives. It’s a responsibility — and a privilege — to give our very best to children. Drawing on our experience as a music educators, teacher trainers and parents, we strive to create the most engaging, interactive and pedagogically sound concerts for young audiences. 
—Guy Mendilow


Recognition

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
There’s nothing that engages kids as much as showing your interest in them: that doesn’t happen as a general rule. This commitment grows out of a deep respect for the abilities, potential, and rights of kids.
— Montessori Corner, Plainsboro NJ
Guy has the ability to make an impact… he brings awe and excitement to the children…. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Guy perform and like the children, have been inspired and intrigued by what he has to share both musically and culturally.
— Mary Schofield, Bright Horizons Family Solutions World Headquarters, Watertown MA

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

"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 incredible stories and emotionally sweeping experiences can do far more than just entertain. They 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 “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places and, ultimately, inspiring the motivation to care beyond our day-to-day.

 In 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts selected the Guy Mendilow Ensemble for its Art Works, a grant for the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is an artist-in-residence with Celebrity Series of Boston's Arts for All since 2014.  Alongside touring with the 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.


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