The UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, in partnership with the UConn Department of Music, brings the Guy Mendilow Ensemble to Storrs to perform The Forgotten Kingdom. As part of the Center's Scholarship and the Arts initiative, this performance is made free and open to the public.
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble is an award-winning quintet with a cast of world-class players, hailing from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, and the USA. Their unique performances combine premier musicianship with cinematic storytelling as they bring to life the music of Sephardic Jewry.
Rendering stories and songs of an older age with drama, humour and heart, The Forgotten Kingdom finds highly resonant, deeply moving connections to contemporary struggles, debates, and dilemmas. By digging deep into Sephardic scholarship and revitalizing the sound recorded on gritty field recordings, Mendilow and company bring tales to life, intertwining voices, percussion, and soulful playing to render these songs in all their color, drama, and heart. The Forgotten Kingdom is a musical trek through a nearly lost world as the audience journeys through former Ottoman lands starting in Sarajevo and winding through Salónica in a narrative-driven performance that reimagines the historical record of Sephardic communities of the Balkans and Mediterranean.
Sponsor: UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and UConn Department of Music