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Guy Mendilow Performs in Westfield

Coffee With Conscience Concert Series

Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

Westfield, NJ

Guy Mendilow Performs in Westfield

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The Coffee With Conscience Concert Series

Concludes its TENTH SEASON

By Proudly Presenting.....

 

The Guy Mendilow Band

 

Proceeds from this show will benefit the Community Foodbank of NJ


Listen to a few of their songs on Myspace!

View a few of their videos on YouTube!


The Guy Mendilow Band....

Led by Israeli composer/performer Guy Mendilow, this spirited quintet breaks down musical boundaries with a dynamic blend of Israeli and Sephardi tempered with Bahian street beats and blues. Featuringworld-class musicians from Israel, Japan, and the United States, the band skillfully fuses tradition with a contemporary sound in vibrant musical storytelling awash with lush vocal harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms.


“The buoyant, life-affirming, sweetly acoustic music of Israeli-born Mendilow incorporates influences from across the Middle East, South America and beyond. It's a folk music of hope and affirmation, sophisticated in its delivery but easily accessible to listeners anywhere. ”

 ~ Howard Reich / Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

About Guy Mendilow .....

A citizen of Israel, Great Britain and the United States, Mendilow spent his most formative years playing hopscotch between continents when his musician-turned-professor father was invited to a succession of teaching posts. From early childhood on, most aspects of Mendilow’s life were a cultural, linguistic and musical mix. He grew up participating in late night song circles and living room concerts with local musicians in his different homes, whether in Jerusalem or Johannesburg and whether the songs were Israeli, South African, English or American. At ten, Mendilow joined the renowned American Boychoir and kept traveling, touring internationally and domestically and performing some two hundred concerts a year in venues like Carnegie Hall. Since age fifteen, Mendilow has continued to immerse himself in new cultures, seeking opportunities to learn languages and collaborate with instrument builders and performers. To date, he has lived and performed in South Africa, Israel, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and the United States. He sings in six tongues and is fluent in four. “Mendilow is no dilettante,” writes the Boston Phoenix. “He learned the music of these countries by living and working there — so when he sings about a massacre by paramilitaries in Chiapas, he knows what he’s talking about.”

An educator deeply committed to using musical improvisation as a tool for communication, Mendilow’s innovative workshops, residencies and teacher trainings have led to ongoing collaborations with cutting-edge international social justice organizations like Seeds of Peace, which mediates between Israeli and Palestinian youth, and to invitations to present at schools and conferences across the United States and Brazil. Mendilow holds a Masters in Music and International Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.

On a personal level, Guy’s musical mission is to explore the connection between places he’s called home. Out in the world, he has oriented his band around the premise that music, and music making, can play a unique role in the effort to transform “the other” into a fellow human being to whom one can at least listen, if not necessarily agree.

 “It was the height of Apartheid and my family, though secular and Israeli, was invited to participate in one of the only integrated church services in Johannesburg,” Mendilow recalls about the sparks of this passion. “We were sitting in my elementary school gym after-hours, a large gathering.  The service was almost entirely singing: blacks and whites together, in beautiful harmonies. It lit something strong in me.”  Throughout his childhood, Mendilow and his family played continental hop-scotch, with community singing in the living room as an important way of connecting with others.

To Guy Mendilow the music cannot be separated from the message, whether you are part of the audience at Bethlehem Musikfest, New York’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center, in a master workshop with government education ministers from Palestine, Israel, Jordan or Lebanon, or swapping songs between Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the 26 diverse young people in the American Boychoir — Mendilow’s first touring experience. The Guy Mendilow Band continues to blur musical boundaries and offers its modest contributions to today’s larger peace puzzle: by creating person to person connections, one song at a time.  

 

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When & Where

1 East Broad Street (corner of North Ave)
Westfield, NJ 07090

Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EDT)


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Organizer

Coffee With Conscience Concert Series

Ahrre Maros is the owner of Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield & the Fair Trade Coffee Company on line. He has been presenting live musical events since 1992, when he first opened the Common Ground Cafe in Summit. The Cafe is gone now, but Ahrre continues bringing Professional Touring Musical Artists to the area for the benefit of the local community and several local Charities.

Currently, Ahrre presents the Coffee With Conscience Concert Series in Westfield, which is a Seven-show Series which acts as a fund-raiser—raising much needed funds for worthy causes—while providing the participants with the opportunity to attend quality performance events near their homes, providing an audience with a cultural experience, providing artists with a venue to display their talents, and generally strengthening the local community by bringing a group of people together for an evening of music in a comfortable setting.

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