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‘Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom’ to showcase Ladino story/song at Union College

SCHENECTADY–The Guy Mendilow Ensemble will perform a program of Ladino story and song at the Memorial Chapel at Union College, 807 Union St., Schenectady. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The show, “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom,” will feature songs and stories carried by Sephardic Jews as they moved from Spain and settled along the Mediterranean’s northern coast to Greece and Turkey.

The Mendilow Ensemble’s mission is to share this history and culture with audiences across the United States, according to organizers.

The show does not aim for ethno-musicology authenticity.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and arranger Guy Mendilow and his four musical collaborators leap into this world and with the intertwining music and storytelling conjure a culture largely lost in World War II and the upheaval it caused. Mendilow is featured on vocals, guitar and berimbau.

Ladino is a language that blends archaic Spanish with Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek. By digging into Sephardic scholarship and revitalizing the sound heard on gritty field recordings, Mendilow and company attempt to bring some of the Ladino tales to life, intertwining voices, percussion, and playing.

Guy Mendilow Ensemble members include Sofia Tosello, vocalist; Keita Ogawa, percussionist; Tareq Rantisi, percussionist; Andy Bergman, Jaw harp, electric marimba, woodwinds, and sax; and Chris Baum, violin.

Mendilow grew up listening to Ladino songs in his boyhood Jerusalem home and attended school in one of the area’s larger Ladino communities. Mendilow earned his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, his master’s degree in music from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass, and his international certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Longy School of Music.

Tickets information maybe obtained by calling 518-698-7496.