WHERE & WHEN: Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsies will perform on July 21st on the City Hall Plaza at 4pm. The Guy Mendilow Ensemble will perform on July 20th on the Boston Common at 2pm.
WHO: Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsies and The Guy Mendilow Ensemble, are available for interviews about this unique Israeli multi-cultural music weekend.
CONTACT: Leehe Ralph, Director of Press & Public Diplomacy
Cell: 617-678-3421 Office: 617-535-0215
About Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsies:
Making their US debut, Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsies weave Hebrew lyrics into original Qawwali compositions. Israeli-bred Ben-Tzur is an India-based musician and rising star in today’s world music scene. After seeing renowned Indian musicians Zakir Hussian and Hari Prasad Chaurasia perform in Israel, Shye was inspired to move to Rajasthan and study Qawwali music—a form of Sufi devotional music traditional to Northern India and Pakistan. With Israeli and Indian musicians playing together, Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsies blend the mystical rhythms and melodies of Rajasthan with the distinctly spiritual cadence of Hebrew, creating a unique brand of music that embodies cross-cultural connection and religious pluralism. Their ‘world devotional groove music’ is beautifully eclectic, organically spiritual, and simply irresistible. Exceptional live performers, the Rajasthan Gypsies have earned rave reviews at festivals in Delhi, Mumbai, Australia, Israel, and Canada.
About The Guy Mendilow Ensemble:
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom channels the vibrancy of traditional Sephardi songs into spellbinding arrangements for modern audiences - described by the Chicago Tribune as “folk music of hope and affirmation, sophisticated in its delivery but easily accessible to listeners anywhere.” Players in this Boston-based quintet come from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, England and the USA. The award-winning ensemble brings to life a storied landscape of vagabond queens, pauper poets, and love lost to the seas, set against the backdrop of kingdoms and bustling port towns that vanished long ago. Rich with lush vocal harmonies and fiery rhythms sung in endangered Judeo-Spanish, it’s an emotionally powerful concert that crackles with adventure, ricocheting from tradition to cutting edge in the blink of an eye.