Folding radio theatre-style stories into a top flight 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 musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places, conjuring voices lost to upheaval, to spark personal connections with stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary moments of change.
Adding such visceral dimensions to tales of the long-ago-and-far-away, GME shows stir resonant questions about our own struggles and dilemmas today. To bring audiences into these moments, the Ensemble draws on traditional tunes, techniques, and tales but in elegant arrangements and with radical reframing.
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From tailor-made residencies to public lectures, school workshops, university masterclasses and choral /string collaborations, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble delivers high caliber, pedagogically sound educational programs for diverse audiences.
With recognition from leading cultural organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts for the strengthening of communities through the arts, Guy Mendilow Ensemble distinguishes itself for the quality and impact of its programs for schools, universities and cultural organizations.