WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble | Beyond the Pale
Saturday, May 188:30 PM Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
THE GUY MENDILOW ENSEMBLE
(The Forgotten Kingdom Performed by The Guy Mendilow Ensemble)
“A resurgent force … explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement”
—Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati OH
Folding radio drama-style stories into a top-flight world music concert, The Forgotten Kingdom conjures Sephardi women’s voices lost to war.
Audiences traverse picturesque Mediterranean port towns and ruined Ottoman villages, from Salónica to Sarajevo, guided by an “international tour-de-force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America. World-class musicianship and cinematic storytelling restores living colour to faded, sepia snapshots of ordinary people caught in extraordinary upheaval.
BEYOND THE PALE
“A bracingly modern, mind-blowing flight into a very new Jewish-Balkan sonic atmosphere”— LA Weekly
One of Canada’s most innovative and exciting acoustic roots ensembles uses klezmer and Balkan styles as the point of departure for the band’s genre-defying sound, which is also shaped by everything from jazz and classical music to bluegrass and reggae. With unique songcraft and exuberant energy, Beyond the Pale’s music ranges from a raucous roar to the most intimate and dynamic “chamber-folk.”
Co-presented by Inter-American Development Bank
Grounded in classical technique, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and recording artist Andy Bergman’s musicality is informed by years of work with a wide range of ensembles from orchestras and theater pits to afro-funk, klezmer, folk, reggae, and jazz bands. His growing list of credits includes appearances at the Chicago World Music Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Festival Mawazine (Morocco), Baloise Session (Switzerland), Cully Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Colours of Ostrava (Czech Rep), Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto), Cappadox Festival (Turkey), Women Of The World Festival (Frankfurt), Carthage Jazz Festival (Tunisia), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celebrity Series (Boston). Current collaborations include tours and recordings with Iyeoka, The Macrotones, Destroy Babylon, and The Doped Up Dollies.
Guy Mendilow grew up in what seemed like a global game of hopscotch, choosing between three passports in homes in the Middle East, North, Central and South America and Africa. He began his professional stage career at age ten, touring internationally and domestically with the American Boychoir and annually singing some two hundred concerts in venues like Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Lincoln Center.
An artist-in-residence with leading performing arts organizations like Celebrity Series of Boston, Mendilow is a teaching artist at universities across the U.S. from Harvard to the University of Washington. His work has received multiple funding awards from the National Endowment for the Arts on the basis of artistic strength, cultural preservation and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
From Cordoba, Argentina, vocalist Sofia Tosello draws on her expertise in such Latin American Cancion traditions as Tango, Chacarera, Bolero, Son and Zamba to bring GME vocals alive with bold colours. Part of an exciting group of young transnational artists advancing change in Latin American song, Tosello performs and records worldwide with artists like Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Alex Cuba, and Marta Gómez. She is a teaching artist at performing arts organizations like NY’s Carnegie Hall and at universities from Reed College to the Swarnaboohmi Academy of Music in Chennai, India.
Chris Baum is a contemporary violinist, composer, and educator who “ushers the violin into fresh sonic territory” (NPR). A pioneer of modern string technique, his strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing boundaries while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. Trained in a demanding classical environment, Baum expanded his musical vocabulary at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors, studying under cellist Eugene Friesen, violinist Mimi Rabson, and composer Sheldon Mirowitz. Chris’ growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Symmetry, Art Decade, Ben Levin, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured him as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble’s recent tours in China, Taiwan, and Japan.
Toronto’s Eric Stein is a multi-instrumental musician (mandolin, bass, cimbalom) and a leading figure in Canada’s World, Folk and Jewish-roots music scenes. He is founder/leader of the innovative klezmer/world fusion group Beyond the Pale, with whom he has performed across North America, Europe, Brazil and Australia and released four award-winning CDs. Eric also leads the Brazilian choro ensemble Tio Chorinho, is a member of the international supergroup the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, and has performed with a number of other leading world, folk and classical artists, including Socalled, Theodore Bikel, Flory Jagoda, MIke Marshall, Avi Avital, and various Canadian chamber groups and symphonies.