Delighted to announce the following 2017 Autumn tour dates
- Aug 24 | Rosen Performing Arts Center | Wayne, NJ | Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom
- Sept 16 | Temple Beth Avodah | Newton, MA | Slichot
- 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]
- Nov 8 | Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Around the World in Song! [Two shows as part of Krannert Center Youth Series]
- Nov 9 | Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom [Two shows as part of Krannert Center Youth Series]
- Nov 29 | Wellesley College | Wellesley, MA | Lecture & Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom
- Nov 30 | Passim | Cambridge, MA | Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom [HOME TURF ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION]
- Dec 16 | Kroc Center | Boston, MA | Celebrity Series of Boston presenters the premiere of GME's new holiday show, also featuring Boston City Singers
Additional dates still to come — check GME's tour page for most up-to-date schedule!
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.
These interviews occurred directly after each volunteer completed their journey within InWorlds' improvised stage performance.
To learn more about InWorlds, visit Secret Portal
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-kingdom
Live Arts Boston (LAB) is designed to respond directly to the needs articulated by Boston's arts community through Boston Creates. LAB provides critically needed, flexible, project-specific grants to Greater Boston’s performing artists and small nonprofit performing arts organizations to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences. To learn more about this grant program, go to tbf.org/lab.
The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of some $1 billion. In 2016, the Foundation and its donors paid $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of more than $107 million. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with more than 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes.In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, the Boston Foundation launched the ongoing Campaign for Boston to strengthen the Permanent Fund for Boston, the only endowment focused on meeting the most pressing needs of Greater Boston. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, think tank and advocacy organization, commissioning research into the most critical issues of our time and helping to shape public policy designed to advance opportunity for everyone in Greater Boston. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a distinct operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations both here and around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation or TPI, visit tbf.org
"An international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from Israel, Palestine, Argentina and the USA, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble operates on the notion that incredible stories and emotionally sweeping experiences can do far more than just entertain. They can spark the fascination that motivates people to care beyond their day-to-day. 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), conjuring voices lost to war and upheaval, whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places and, ultimately, inspiring the motivation to explore lesser known cultures and histories. for more information about the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, visit guymendilowensemble.com/about
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.
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.
NEST (New England States Touring) funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state. NEST grants are awarded through a competitive selection process. Selection criteria include :
- Contextual, educational, and adjunct activities featuring the artist(s) in the project (e.g., workshops, lecture-demonstrations) which meaningfully engage various sectors of the community. Cross-sector exchanges (connecting arts and non-arts organizations) and collaboration are strongly encouraged.
- Collaborative planning to extend the arts to populations underrepresented due to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, geography, language, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, mental and physical status, or age.
- Well-planned promotion and marketing, including linkages that extend and deepen the reach of the project.
Check out two new videos from InWorlds, a new multimedia performance where theatre meets VR.
Created by Secret Portal, a collective of artists, designers, musicians, coders, and tinkerers who are exploring new forms of social interaction through innovative virtual reality installations.
Soundtrack by Guy Mendilow & Chris Baum
National Endowment for the Arts to Fund Guy Mendilow Ensemble's Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom Animation Expansion
Acton, MA —National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant to Arts Are Essential, Inc for commissioning an animation expansion for the Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, whose riveting story and music inspire fascination with overlooked WWII history in the Mediterranean.
The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting commissions for artists like the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
"NEA Arts Works support is a tremendous honour," says Guy Mendilow, the Ensemble's Director of Music and Education. "It affirms the Ensemble's premise and what this show strives to accomplish."
"An international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from Israel, Palestine, Argentina and the USA, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble operates on the notion that incredible stories and emotionally sweeping experiences can do far more than just entertain. They can move audiences to empathize with, and care about, people and situations beyond their day-to-day.
The Ensemble's internationally-touring performance, “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” combines world-class musicianship with cinematic storytelling in a new wartime tale of adventure, courage and loss. The show conjures voices lost to war and upheaval, whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places and sparking fascination for Sephardic communities that were decimated in WWII. The NEA Art Works grant helps enable the commissioning of Ukrainian sand animation artist Kseniya Simonova and German digital shadow puppet animation team Jan Koester and Sonja Rohleder to deepen the production’s impact and broaden its audience reach by animating select segments and adding animated digital set-pieces behind the narration and music.
"These stories are too good to be ignored," says Mendilow, "and the communities from which they come too important in terms of what they represent—from models of integration and interfaith cooperation to their own rich heritage—to be dismissed."
Guy Mendilow and Chris Baum recently created the music for a new Virtual Reality installation/theatre performance, to premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on December 14.
This experimental performance invites a volunteer into virtual reality to become a character in a live theater show. They enter a mysterious world to help a brave and curious creature make sense of a tragedy. With its unique “mixed reality” presentation, InWorlds lets the audience peer directly into a VR world by covering the entire stage with projected visuals.
The audience (and volunteer!) will go on a 15-minute journey through fantastical worlds in a first-of-its-kind interaction between a live actor and virtual reality participant. Avital Manor-Peleg brings her brilliant masked performance to the stage alongside the volunteer, exploring new forms of social interaction by combining improvisational theater and VR. The project aims to demonstrate how VR can transform participants into performers.
Read a concert review of Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom at the Rex Theatre in Thompson Falls, MT
(by Justin Harris, Sanders County Ledger)
"...a full sound that would be perfectly suited for a movie soundtrack, both ethereal and solid, ranging from haunting to mournful to jovial.
...In the beginning of the evening, the audience seemed awestruck at the end of each song, as a tangible silence separated the song’s conclusion and the beginning of applause. By the end of the night, the enthusiastic crowd was clapping before the tune’s last notes had faded."
Guy Mendilow recently talked with Eric Alan from KLCC (Oregon NPR) about Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom and why the story and history of Sephardic communities actually tells us a lot about ourselves in the USA today.
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is honoured to receive WESTAF TourWest grant support for its residencies with the Admiral Theatre (Bremerton, WA), Sunburst Arts (Eureka, MT), Mission Valley Live (Polson, MT), and Sanders County Arts Council (Thompson Falls, MT).
TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. TourWest funding is received on the basis of artistic excellence, collaboration and block booking, presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences, audience development, and community participation.