See Guy Mendilow Ensemble perform at Making Waves, Mayyim Hayyim’s annual benefit, on May 29.
Guy Mendilow Ensemble (GME) whisks audiences to distant times and picturesque places, conjuring voices lost to upheaval, and sparking 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 stirs resonant questions about our own struggles and dilemmas today.
The Ensemble is recipient of multiple funding awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Boston Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance on the basis of its artistry, cultural preservation, and the strengthening of communities through the arts
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. Artistically, Guy draws on a life-long study of the direct emotional language of music, together with a love of story and a historical fascination. His shows marry emotionally penetrating music with evocative storytelling to transport audiences to the long-ago-and-far-away in order to ask difficult questions about our own circumstances. Mendilow’s research interests include the music and culture of Sephardic communities of Salónica in the early twentieth century.
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 and 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.
A pioneer of modern string technique, violinist Chris Baum’s 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. His growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dropkick Murphys, and Amanda Palmer.
Join us for a fun and festive evening of storytelling and live music. RSVP or donate here.