Guy Mendilow Ensemble's
Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom:
Ladino Songs Renewed
Get ready for an emotionally powerful, artistic voyage awash with warm harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms. Starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo, Salonica and Jerusalem, the award winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble brings to life the adventures and legends of traditional Sephardi songs, sung in the endangered Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino. Epic tales of sailors and love lost to the seas, fantastic dreams and the intrigue of kings and queens abound in arrangements that crackle with rich musical storytelling, seamlessly interwoven with poetic narration and poignant historical vignettes.
Step into a new world of Ladino music, re-imagined by a team of internationally recognized players and spearheaded by charismatic Israeli composer/performer Guy Mendilow. It’s a recasting that shifts from spare to sweepingly cinematographic, ricocheting from tradition into modern imagination and alive with passion and humour and grit.
“It's a folk music of hope and affirmation, sophisticated in its delivery but easily accessible to listeners anywhere.”
— Chicago Tribune
“Guy Mendilow is an international tour de force.”
— Bethlehem Morning Call
"This innovative approach towards Ladino music offers insight to the poetic grace and gritty dynamic of a genre born in simplicity. Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom tenders an incredible gift; a resurgent force of musical settings that explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement.”
— Cantor Yvon F. Shore, Director of Liturgical Arts and Music
Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion