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Guy Mendilow Ensemble Tickets, Tour Dates and Concerts
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About Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Guy Mendilow Ensemble (GME) weaves moving stories through riveting scores, narration and theatrically projected sand animation. GME productions center on true tales of people’s choices and chances as they navigate thresholds, whether personal or historical. GME is especially intrigued by decisions of generosity and grace despite upheaval.

Production examples include:

The Forgotten Kingdom: A child’s memories of an unraveling, multi-ethnic Ottoman world splintering into ethnic nation-states. Breathtaking landscapes of sand give a dreamlike, intensely emotional quality to an adventure that “explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College, OH).

Radio Play(s) Series: Like a stage-performed podcast, each episode unpacks a timely theme through a collection of stories. Co-directed with spoken word artist Regie Gibson, Radio Play(s) addresses mounting civic/racial tensions in the US.

Around the World in Song Series: Joyous, interactive episodes nurture children’s musicianship and multicultural inspiration. Perhaps above all, Around the World in Song gives young people the experience of being listened to by grownups. As pedagogically thoughtful as it is uplifting, Around the World in Song is built on principles of Dalcroze Education and Fred Rogers’ philosophy.

GME is a 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 artistry, cultural preservation and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

With the leadership of artistic director/composer Guy Mendilow, GME’s team is "an international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) of world-class artists, writers, composers and theatrical designers from the Middle East, Europe, South and North America now living mainly in Boston, MA and New York, NY. Musically, GME calls on expertise with a broad palette. The bittersweet rawness of Tango; the fire and intricacy of multilayered percussion; gorgeous vocal harmonies and other pan-cultural influences layer over the harmonic roots of Western classical music. GME’s scripts are inspired by the dreamlike qualities of Pablo Neruda and Michael Ondaatje, and by Dan Carlin’s vivid restoration of faded historical memory. Visually, evocative lighting and set pieces frame flowing sand narratives and locations. Theatrical editing and projection techniques enable the pre-recorded sand animations to follow live performance of script and score even when pacing varies as artists respond to each theatre’s audience.

GME operates on the conviction that moving, multidisciplinary stories can be powerful agents for conversation: A coming together to listen to one another and share our stories in the service of exploring who we are and who we wish to be, building an understanding of how the other has come to see what they see, believe what they believe and know what they know. When equipped with well-crafted questions —fueled by genuine curiosity and inviting honesty, dignity and aliveness —conversation promotes a willingness to be vulnerable; to be surprised; to NOT have quick answers; to suspend assumptions; to probe ambiguity. Conversation is not necessarily about agreement, or common ground on specific issues, other than the meta-issue that we are humans worthy of being heard and understood.
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Genres:
Multimedia, Spoken Word, Classical Crossover, Sand Animation
Band Members:
Andy Bergman, Kseniya Simonova, Keita ogawa, Sofia Tosello, Chris Baum, Guy Mendilow
Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts

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About Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Guy Mendilow Ensemble (GME) weaves moving stories through riveting scores, narration and theatrically projected sand animation. GME productions center on true tales of people’s choices and chances as they navigate thresholds, whether personal or historical. GME is especially intrigued by decisions of generosity and grace despite upheaval.

Production examples include:

The Forgotten Kingdom: A child’s memories of an unraveling, multi-ethnic Ottoman world splintering into ethnic nation-states. Breathtaking landscapes of sand give a dreamlike, intensely emotional quality to an adventure that “explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College, OH).

Radio Play(s) Series: Like a stage-performed podcast, each episode unpacks a timely theme through a collection of stories. Co-directed with spoken word artist Regie Gibson, Radio Play(s) addresses mounting civic/racial tensions in the US.

Around the World in Song Series: Joyous, interactive episodes nurture children’s musicianship and multicultural inspiration. Perhaps above all, Around the World in Song gives young people the experience of being listened to by grownups. As pedagogically thoughtful as it is uplifting, Around the World in Song is built on principles of Dalcroze Education and Fred Rogers’ philosophy.

GME is a 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 artistry, cultural preservation and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

With the leadership of artistic director/composer Guy Mendilow, GME’s team is "an international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) of world-class artists, writers, composers and theatrical designers from the Middle East, Europe, South and North America now living mainly in Boston, MA and New York, NY. Musically, GME calls on expertise with a broad palette. The bittersweet rawness of Tango; the fire and intricacy of multilayered percussion; gorgeous vocal harmonies and other pan-cultural influences layer over the harmonic roots of Western classical music. GME’s scripts are inspired by the dreamlike qualities of Pablo Neruda and Michael Ondaatje, and by Dan Carlin’s vivid restoration of faded historical memory. Visually, evocative lighting and set pieces frame flowing sand narratives and locations. Theatrical editing and projection techniques enable the pre-recorded sand animations to follow live performance of script and score even when pacing varies as artists respond to each theatre’s audience.

GME operates on the conviction that moving, multidisciplinary stories can be powerful agents for conversation: A coming together to listen to one another and share our stories in the service of exploring who we are and who we wish to be, building an understanding of how the other has come to see what they see, believe what they believe and know what they know. When equipped with well-crafted questions —fueled by genuine curiosity and inviting honesty, dignity and aliveness —conversation promotes a willingness to be vulnerable; to be surprised; to NOT have quick answers; to suspend assumptions; to probe ambiguity. Conversation is not necessarily about agreement, or common ground on specific issues, other than the meta-issue that we are humans worthy of being heard and understood.
Show More
Genres:
Multimedia, Spoken Word, Classical Crossover, Sand Animation
Band Members:
Andy Bergman, Kseniya Simonova, Keita ogawa, Sofia Tosello, Chris Baum, Guy Mendilow
Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts

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