|THE YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE
Artistic Director: Yuval Ron
Studio City, CA
Whirling Dervish and dancers are available on request
Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the opposing people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish and Arabic musicians as well as Christian artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by Oscar winning composer Yuval Ron (music for West Bank Story) the Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support and was chosen to be featured in PBS Holiday Celebration TV specials in 2005 and 2006 and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004.
The Ensemble was invited by King of Morocco to appear at the International Sacred Music Festival of Fez, 2009 and had the honor to headline the benefit concert for theDalai Lama's initiative Seeds of Compassion promoting Compassion in Education, Business and Community. In 2002, 2005 and 2008, the ensemble was featured at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to be the first American-based Middle Eastern Ensemble to perform at an International Peace Festival ’05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and its cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the International Chihuahua Festival, and in 2007 it was featured in the International Oud Festival in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2010 The Ensemble toured in Spain performing a unique collaboration with the Gypsy Flamenco artists of Andalusia in concerts in Seville, Jerez and Madrid. In 2011 the ensemble was invited by the Intercultural forum of the Association of writers and Journalists of Turley to give a concert for peace in Istanbul and to conduct a Peace Mission Tour throughout Turkey,
The Yuval Ron Ensemble Cd's Under The Olive Tree, Tree of Life and Seeker of Truth have become international favorites with world music lovers and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Echoes and Hearts of Space programs. The Yuval Ron Ensemble was in residencies at numerous schools such as Yale University, John Hopkins University, UCLA, Seattle University andMiddlebury College and has performed numerous benefit concerts to support organizations that promote peace and help the disadvantaged.
The Yuval Ron Ensemble's poetry, melodies, rhythms and movements transcend political, linguistic and religious divisions. Ron is a master storyteller, whose soft-spoken sincerity and insights promote human solidarity, serving as a powerful antidote to our pessimism and cynicism. By the end of the concert, the audience once again believes in the possibilities for peace and friendship among Muslims, Christians and Jews.
- Joel Glick,
Oregon Education Association, Portland, OR
Yuval Ron Ensemble, a world-class group... had a big impact on our community in a variety of ways, they are an inspiring, challenging, and memorable group.
- Judith Eissenberg, Director, MusicUnitesUS
Brandeis University, Boston, MA
The Yuval Ron Ensemble seamlessly blends extraordinary musical achievement with vivid storytelling. I was greatly impressed by their ability to capture the musical traditions, the history, and the many cultures of the Middle East within the universal message of peace, while being artistically stimulating and emotionally moving. Their genuine desire to have meaningful interaction with the audience was truly refreshing, whether during the show, afterward, or even over a casual cup of coffee the next day. I know they made a lot of people happy in Eugene.
- Milo Petruziello, Cultural Forum
Oregon State University
The Yuval Ron Ensemble does a wonderful restorative work. There is no medicine more potent than music in our wounded world
- Ruth Broyde Sharone, Parliament of World Religions