The National Endowment for the Arts premieres a new sand animation from Guy Mendilow Ensemble and Kseniya Simonova, along with an episode of its Art Works podcast with Guy MendilowRead More
To us, looking back with our historical hindsight, it seems almost inevitable... But to those living through this transition of ages, the course must've been anything but a foregone conclusion, a too-terrible future that few would've dared dream. I wanted to explore what it was like to see the breakdown of empires, the glimmers of hope that then evaporate. What is it like to be caught on the wrong side, in that kind of nightmare?
In what ways are we also already straddling two worlds without even knowing it? If we, or my son's generation, are destined to know two very different eras, the wake up call won't come in the form of a storm of steel like in WWI. It'll come in a modern guise...Read More
This week we feature an interview with Guy Mendilow and Rustin Burr on Public Pulse in Sheridan, WY both about The Forgotten Kingdom and, perhaps more importantly, about the stories of a courageous group of girls at the WY Girls School, a holistic, compassionate and restorative school for girls who've been in trouble with the law.Read More
A pod-cast style conversation with Guy on Radio Free America about the music of The Forgotten KingdomRead More
Here is a featured track together with a field recording from Tetuán, Morocco
If you’ve been following these posts, you know that there are many myths about Sephardic song. One is that Sephardic song is (at least disproportionately) “mystical,” or “haunting,” or even “epic.”
While there indeed are epic ballads, beautiful images and adventurous tales of kings, queens, murders, kidnap and treachery that would sit well in a cut-throat fantasy novel, there are many more sides to Sephardic songs and tales.
Some of the songs I like best give you a sense of the humour and spunk and living colour of the people who sing them. There’s a lot of fun there, and some of it can be downright bawdy too.
Listen to this example.Read More
Featured Track: Mancevo Del Dor (A Modern Man)
Did you know that Sephardic singers were among the best overtone singers in the Ottoman Empire, and that they were early adopters of the musical bow?
That’s good. Because that statement is 100% false and preposterous!
But, alternative facts aside, we think they are good choices for this song anyway. Click the post to read why.Read More
What would bring someone of the highest social class — a queen, a member of the one percent — to walk away from an entire kingdom, determining that justice lies in becoming an equal with the person that once was her slave?Read More
Track feature: Esta Montana D’Enfrente (The Mountain Ahead Burns)
About this track, the tension between traditional and modern interpretation, and a field recording from Silivria, Turkey.
How do you tell a story that comes from a very different age, a different time in our world, in a way that will capture the imagination today? Our world is so different from the world of the former Ottoman Empire, where many of the songs on our new album, The Forgotten Kingdom, arose. Traditional contexts for singing these songs — in the home, in community events — have all but vanished thanks to wars, immigration, and massive societal changes. So how do you bring songs from long ago and far away to a modern, savvy audience?Read More
Delighted to announce the following 2017 Autumn tour dates
- Oct 11 | Clayton Center for the Performing Arts | Maryville, TN | Lecture & Master Class
- Oct 12 | Clayton Center for the Performing Arts | Maryville, TN | Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom [OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE]
- Oct 30-Nov 1 | Wyo Theater | Sheridan, WY | Springboard Songwriting Residency with students of the Wyoming Girls School
- Nov 2 | Wyo Theater | Sheridan, WY | Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom [ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION]
- Nov 3 | Kenyon College | Gambier, OH | Master Class
- Nov 4 | Kenyon College | Gambier, OH | Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom [ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION]
- Nov 5 | Holland Theatre | Belafontaine, OH | Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom [ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION]
- Nov 7 | Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Around the World in Song! [Two shows as part of Krannert Center Youth Series]
Watch a new video about the volunteer's experience in InWorlds, a first-of-its-kind direct interaction between a live actor and volunteer immersed in virtual reality, live for a theatre audience of several hundred.Read More
The Boston Foundation recently awarded Guy Mendilow Ensemble a Live Arts Boston grant in support of Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom’s Animation Expansion
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s internationally-touring performance, Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom sparks fascination for Sephardic communities that were decimated in WWII through evocative storytelling and music. The semi-theatrical production recasts traditional Ladino songs and stories, sweeping up audiences in a new wartime tale of adventure, courage, loss and, ultimately, hope. With the support of the Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston (LAB), the Guy Mendilow Ensemble will commission an international animation team to add sand animation and digital shadow animation to deepen the production’s impact, strengthen the show’s continuity and broaden its audience reach by animating select segments and adding animated digital set-pieces behind the narration and music. Additional support includes funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works. To learn more about Forgotten Kingdom, go to guymendilowensemble.com/tales-from-the-forgotten-kingdomRead More
Join us Sunday, March 12 for a free, vibrant family show!
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. In joyous songs from the band's homelands.
Onstage and off, the Celebrity Series Arts for All! community and education programs engage people of all ages and backgrounds in community programs that harness the creative energy of the performing arts to build thriving communities and cultivate the next generation of artists and audiences.Read More
Check out these photos from the Ensemble's tour in CO, MT and beyond, courtesy of the Ensemble's Cultural Attaché Andy Bergman (Spoiler: there are lots of pictures of mountains)Read More
We are delighted, and grateful, to share that the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded New England States Touring funds to the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine to bring the Guy Mendilow Ensemble to Portland, Maine for a performance and community engagement.Read More