Ensemble performing April 6
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble, will present their newest touring show, “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom,” on Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m. on the Orange Carpet.
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is an award-winning sextet comprised of world-class musicians from a variety of national backgrounds: Israel, Argentina, Palestine, Japan, the US, and the UK.
“Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” takes the audience on a musical trek to kingdoms long forgotten and bustling towns now vanished—through Spain to the Balkans to the Middle East, beginning in Sarajevo and winding through Salonica and Jerusalem. Stories of vagabond queens, pauper poets, and lovers lost to the sea are woven with spellbinding arrangements of old Sephardic songs, replete with soulful flamenco harmonies, the melancholy sounds of Portuguese-style fado, and heart-pounding percussion. The tour celebrates the ensemble’s latest album, “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom: Ladino Songs Renewed.”
Playing with the East Coast–based ensemble are faculty members of leading music schools such as the New England Conservatory and Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and musicians who have toured and recorded with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, the Assad Brothers, Christian McBride, and Simon Shaheen.
“There’s a greater responsibility when we work with music that is so old and rich,” Mendilow says. “We must be careful to know and respect the tradition, even as we use a modern musical toolbox to bring these songs to life in a way that will capture the imaginations and hearts of listeners today.”
This performance of The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is sponsored by Hillel of Cornell College.