Guy Mendilow Ensemble / Tales From The Forgotten Kingdom
Album: Tales From The Forgotten Kingdom   Collection:World
Artist:Guy Mendilow Ensemble   Added:Aug 2016
Label:Self- Released (The Letters Home)  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-08-29 Pull Date: 2016-10-31 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 30 Oct 23 Oct 16 Oct 9 Oct 2 Sep 25 Sep 18 Sep 11
Airplays: 1 1 2 3 2 3 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 29, 2016: Melange
O Mis Hermanos
4. Oct 12, 2016: At the Cafe Bohemian
Mancevo Del Dor
2. Oct 27, 2016: Melange
La Sirena
5. Oct 09, 2016: DJ YJ's World Variety and Cultural Tidbits: Sounds of the Balkans
Mancevo Del Dor, Una Noche Al Borde De La Mar
3. Oct 20, 2016: Melange
A La Nana/Levantose El Conde Nino
6. Oct 06, 2016: Melange
Por Que Lloran Blanca Nina?

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2016-08-24
Jerusalem-born Guy Mendilow has synthesized his research into the surviving music, culture and tales of the Sephardic community (especially focusing on Sarajevo and Greece) to produce these captivating tracks from a live performance; collaborating with Argentine tango singer Sofia Tosello, a Palestinian drummer and an American violinist and a woodwind player, Mendilow has created songs that hark back to both the ancient land of medieval Spain, and, more recently the lost Sephardic communities of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans during WWII; they are not word for word authentic but rather capture the spirit of a lost time using Ladino against today's textured soundscapes; a few seconds applause at the end of each track

No FCC's; Favorite Tracks: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11

1- 'The Mountain Ahead Burns' –3:21 – dramatic vocal solo plus violins and percussion

2—'Sisters, Queen and Captive' –3:35 – medieval sounding music leads into female vocal

*3—Cocek–6:06 – Middle Eastern sounding instrumental; very fast-paced at outset, slows to a bridge

**4- 'A Night by the Sea' -(6:06) – starts with mysterious-sounding thumb piano and beautiful soprano harmony in a song originally from Bulgaria; lovely violin; segues to duet between Tosello and Mendilow; a rich and evocative tapestry of sound

5-'A Modern Man' -(2:51)-- vocals in Ladino – percussion and instrumentation (except for digeridoo) sound medieval

*6- 'The Siren' – (5:06) – dramatic, flamenco style guitar with vocals and crying violin

*7- 'Why Weep, Fair One?' -(4:48) – beautiful plucked arpeggios and plaintive voice of Tosello; more authentic sounding Ladino song; goes from minor to major in instrumental bridge –nice woodwind

*8- 'For A Grandmother/The Young Count Arose' – (6:18) – pretty beginning with berimbau (?) and voice; interesting percussive effects and percussion solo

9- 'Dark One' – (4:27) – flamenco style singing and guitar

*10- 'O My Brothers' –(story and song) - (6:26) – guitar and then spoken words in English introduce the story of what happened to the Jews in Greece and Balkans during WWII – poem set to music; mournful and beautiful

*11- 'Already Out of the Sea' –(4:18) – voice plus guitar; quiet, slow; evocative violin plus woodwind; berimbau and then flute indicate Part B which speeds into a medieval dance

Track Listing
1. Esta Montana D'enfrente   6. La Sirena
2. Hermanas Reina Y Cautuva   7. Por Que Lloran Blanca Nina?
3. Cocek   8. A La Nana/Levantose El Conde Nino
4. Una Noche Al Borde De La Mar   9. Morenica
5. Mancevo Del Dor   10. O Mis Hermanos
  11. Ya Salio De La Mar