Presenter Testimony

“… captivates the audience…The ensemble brings a vitality to the music that I hadn't experienced with other Sephardic artists.” 
— Jordan Peimer, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

“…transports the listener to a place far removed from the concert hall or outreach service site.”  
— Steven Schmidt, Riverside Concerts, Rochester, MN

 “Magical! They performed superbly and let us dream throughout the Mediterranean world.”
 
— Peter Steinfeld, ACES Series, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA

“... a great evening of beautiful music and exceptional musicianship!”  
— John Chicherio, Performing Arts Director, Huntington Summer Arts Festival, Huntington, NY

“…The ensemble takes you on a tour through an almost lost world that is filled with stories, beautiful melodies, and traditions. Guy and his ensemble have a way of capturing this tradition while making it accessible and engaging for a contemporary audience. From small children to the elderly, the music has a broad appeal that reaches in a way that’s entertaining and enlightening. Simply said, you come to enjoy a concert, but the cultural experience and learning is much deeper. 

In October 2012, we presented the Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom CD release party in partnership with Learning From Performers at Harvard University. In July 2013 [we presented] the Ensemble at the inaugural Outside the Box, a city wide outdoor performing arts festival. In both cases Guy and his ensemble were clearly connected with the audiences, which were mesmerized.

From his showmanship to his skill as a convener, teacher, and cultural explorer, Guy Mendilow is reviving an important culture though his music, one that I believe has much value throughout the world. 
— Laura Mandel, Director, New Center NOW, Boston, MA 

“The Guy Mendilow Ensemble's Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom is not to be missed. 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, Cincinnati, OH

“The entire program was magical. The musicianship was top notch, the music beautiful and imaginative and the presentation was captivating.  The Guy Mendilow Ensemble provided a very memorable and warm experience. The [group] also provided a children’s program that was captivating.  The children were very involved, dancing, clapping and singing, the message was very positive and the music was wonderful.” — Lev Rothenberg, Director of Arts & Education, JCC Indianapolis, IN 

"We brought the Guy Mendilow Ensemble to our congregation and the band had the exact effect for which we had hoped: our community turned out in droves, exceeding our own expectations, and they kept coming back for each successive program.  Guy was amazing — he is a terrific teacher and a wonderful collaborator.  We established goals in advance of the weekend and every single one was met.  I can strongly and enthusiastically recommend an Artist In Residence weekend with the Guy Mendilow Ensemble!" — Bradley G. Levenberg, Rabbi, Temple Sinai, Atlanta, GA

“They were mesmerizing…Their musicianship, versatility, and originality was most impressive. Our audience left raving about their talent and the sound of their music.” — Rich Warren, nationally syndicated broadcast, The Midnight Special/Folkstage, WFMT Chicago

“The group is truly a topflight ‘world music’ group …the Guy Mendilow Ensemble enthralled, educated and engaged the audiences with its artistic excellence. 

I would also add that, at this past year's First Night performance, the group demonstrated truly exceptional professionalism. Despite the bitterly cold, icy weather and a van transmission that failed midway along the trip from Boston area to NJ, they kept in touch and managed to arrive, set up and perform — with distinction — for the event. After 10 hours of harrowing travel, to deliver a beautiful performance which inspired a capacity crowd of over 400 people is testament to their dedication and remarkable professionalism. I recommend the group very highly and without reservation.”  — Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Director of Arts Participation & Communications / Artistic Programmer, First Night Morris, Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, NJ

"In his masterly way, Guy Mendilow and his Ensemble combines teaching and entertainment with a soul. In one performance, Guy brings together the experience of the Sephardic journey through the ages and the Sephardic heart." — Deborah Feinstein, President of the board of Directors,  The Vilna Shul,, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, Boston, MA

 

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