“With a voice that can lovingly caress, erotically entreat and sorrowfully lament Ayelet Rose Gottlieb has explored weighty concepts such as grief (Shiv’a, 482 Music, 2016) and biblical eroticism (Mayim Rabim, Tzadik, 2006). I Carry Your Heart documents her parenting style […] while a trio of clarinetists joins her to answer the poetic question, ‘Who Has Seen the Wind?’”
Jerusalem-born, Montreal-based Vocalist and Composer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb creates in sophisticated simplicity. With an early classical background, Ayelet is an improviser rooted in the Jazz and Blues traditions. 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 and improvised with vocal master Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall. She sang lullabies for all ages with pianist Anat Fort in “Two More Dreams”, and connected her eastern and western roots in “Roadsides”, combining the sound of the Oud with a that of the classical guitar and jazz piano. With ten albums under her belt, her original compositions and arrangements have been featured in International Jazz festivals including Vancouver (Canada), Re:Voice (London, UK), Banlieues Bleues (Paris, France), Musica Sacra (Quito, Ecuador), WinterJazzFest (NYC) and Tel-Aviv (Israel).
She nourishes her music from the rivers of life, touching on topics like femininity, motherhood and rituals of mourning. Poetry sparks her inspiration – from erotic Biblical texts, to contemporaries such as Forugh Farrokhzad (Iran) Naomi Shihab Nye (Palestine/USA) and Almog Behar (Israel). These days, Ayelet is completing her new song-cycle “12 Lunar Meditations: Summoning the Witches” for which twenty female writers from around the world contributed texts about the moon. Ayelet’s composition of these texts features vocal sage Jay Clayton, alongside an ensemble of 18 musicians.
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 “Orchard of Pomegranates” – a series of house concerts, workshops and private sessions by Ayelet and guest international artists, held in an intimate salon setting.