Workshops for Adults and Youth

(Ages 13+)


"The Guy Mendilow Ensemble and their work is a vital and vibrant way to illustrate the possibilities of interfaith and intercultural cooperation. The fact that the band includes members from Israel and Palestine, North and South America makes their music a global experience that is helping to heal the world. They are among the finest musicians I have ever heard, and I would recommend them strongly to any university or college campus that cares about diversity, multiculturalism, interfaith cooperation and world peace. They are superb and will go on to many future successes. They are also very easy and delightful to work with. 
Book them while you can!"
— Rev. Greg Mcgonigle, President of the National Association of College & University Chaplains; Chaplain of Tufts University, Medford, MA 



Sailors, Sirens & Kings:

Traditions & Change in Ladino Song

Length: 60-90 minutes

Ages: 13 years - Adult
Single session  •
Suitable for groups of any size • Available as post-show talk or independent session

This interactive, often witty, lecture-demo introduces Ladino song types, history and language. Field recordings from various Ladino communities are presented both as musical examples and as illustrations of the songs’ functions within traditional contexts.

The session zooms out to explore broader performance issues and challenges faced by musicians working with traditional repertoire in general. Topics include:

  • In what ways have traditional Ladino songs adapted to new cultural environments, both historically and in modern times?

  • What are implications for questions of authenticity?

  • What roles, responsibilities and obstacles do performing artists have when working with traditional material?  

Demonstrations from members of the award-winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble and samples of other artists’ interpretations provide an entry-point into a discussion of the tension between preservation and change within a tradition. 



Listening *through* the Music:

Team-Building through Musical Improvisation

Length: 60-120 minutes

Ages: 15 years - Adult
Single session or multi-day residency • 
Best Suited For Maximum Group Size Of 15  • Teacher Resource Materials Available

Exciting, quickly learned improv games give participants experience critical to working with others: the abilities to tune in, connect, and respond spontaneously and meaningfully to one another to make fresh, fulfilling music.

This workshop requires no previous musical experience. Participants should come ready to move and play. This workshop is used by such mediation organizations as Seeds of Peace, working with Israelis and Palestinians and Indian and Pakistanis, and by innovative youth leadership projects like The Breakthrough Collaborative. 





Around the World - In Rounds!

Length: 60-90 minutes

Ages:  Adult
Single workshop • suitable for groups of any size

Join us for a fun participatory song session. Rounds are an easy, exciting way for everyone to be part of fulfilling music-making, regardless of previous experience. Avid round collector Guy Mendilow shares some gems from around the world, skillfully accompanied by his band. No prior training needed - just come prepared to have a great time singing together. Have a favorite round to share? Bring it! 

Geared for song leaders looking to use rounds in their work and for all lovers of song.



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