“Gottlieb is an extraordinary woman. She seems to be made completely of music”
~ Raul da Gama, World Music Report
Jerusalem-born, Montreal-based composer and vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb is an explorer of sound and seeker of musical adventures. With an early classical background, Ayelet is an improviser rooted in the Jazz and Blues traditions. Singing in Hebrew, English and without words (using her voice as an instrument), Ayelet “blends Middle-Eastern traditions with wide-open abstractions.” (the Vancouver Sun)
Described as an intoxicating performer and a tour de force, Ayelet’s music implies pictures and palettes. She has performed John Zorn’s music at the Metropolitan Museum; Improvised at Carnegie Hall with vocal master Bobby McFerrin; In an ancient cave in the Israeli desert, she performed her Mayim Rabim song cycle, based on erotic biblical poetry; ETHEL string quartet and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, performed her composition Shiv’a, reflecting on the process of mourning, at NYC’s WinterJazzFest. At the Vancouver International Jazz Festival she sang lullabies for all ages, in duo with pianist Anat Fort; Her newest song-cycle “12 Lunar Meditations: Summoning the Witches” features vocal master Jay Clayton, Turkish violinist Eylem Basaldi, guitarist Aram Bajakian, and a choir of 12 improvising vocalists.
As a teen, her mentor, Arnie Lawrence would take Ayelet and her peers to Ramalla, where he brought together Palestinian and Israeli musicians to converse in the language of jazz. Her upcoming release, “I Carry Your Heart” is a collaboration with his son, saxophonist Erik Lawrence, in tribute to Arnie. It features Ayelet’s most revered musical partners – her three children, 2yo twins and a 7mo baby at the time of the recording. Also coming up this May – Pneuma’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?,” Ayelet’s collaboration with three master clarinetists – Francois Houle, Michael Winograd and James Falzone. The quartet blends turbulent, contemporary electro-acoustic energies with gentler, klezmer-inspired gestures and jazz-infused improvisations, in a poetry fueled set. This release will be her tenth album as a leader or co-leader.
Ayelet has lived in twenty-four apartments, ten cities, five countries, four continents. Finally, she has made a home with her family in Montréal, where she founded “an Orchard of Pomegranates” – a series of house concerts and workshops by Ayelet and guest international artists, held in an intimate salon setting.