The winter holidays are a time to share the joy, cheer and hope of being together. They also offer up a unique opportunity to celebrate our lives as a global community. The Guy Mendilow Ensemble's collection of holiday music invites you to immerse yourself in the essence of the season and wonder how the story of the major holidays continue to play out in our own lives, today. It’s a treasure trove of songs from around the world that tell tales of a deeper experience of sparking light just when it’s darkest all around, of realizing abundance at the height of scarcity, and of how we triumph in hard times – as individuals and as a society, long ago and now.
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is a quintet of world-class musicians from the middle east, South and North America specializing in shows that whisk audiences to the long-ago-and-far-away in order to strike resonance with our own here-and-now. Their superb musicianship envelops you in symphonic accompaniment to songs and stories that uplift and inspire. It’s a concert of intricate textures, lush harmonies and soulful vocals, all combined with heart-pounding percussion. This Global Celebration in Song truly does get to the Heart of the Holidays. Share the experience.
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), conjuring voices lost to war and upheaval, 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.