Described as an “intoxicating vocalist” (Vancouver Sun), with an “individually rigorous tone” (Ben Ratliff, NYTimes), vocalist and composer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb has a new project in the works, celebrating the female connection to the moon – an acoustic lunar voyage.
Montreal-based, Jerusalem-born, Gottlieb creates music of sophisticated simplicity, a “meeting of 1950s with 2050s” (Midwest Record). Rooted in improvisation and jazz, she blends Middle-Eastern traditions with adventures into experimental realms. In her evocative song cycle “13 Lunar Meditations: Summoning the Witches,” Ayelet sets writings and found-texts from 20+ women and girls, written and collected especially for this global project. She is joined by master vocalist Jay Clayton, conductor DB Boyko leading a choir of improvising vocalists, and a stellar band, featuring guitarist Aram Bajakian and Turkish violinist Eylem Basaldi.
Ayelet nourishes her music from the rivers of life, touching on topics of nature, 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).
Ayelet has performed John Zorn’s music at the Metropolitan Museum and improvised with vocal master Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall. With ten albums under her belt, Ayelet has had her compositions and arrangements performed at international festivals including Vancouver Jazz Fest (Canada), Re:Voice (London, UK), Musica Sacra (Quito, Ecuador), WinterJazzFest (NYC) and Jerusalem Jazz Fest (Israel).
Projects have included “Two More Dreams,” lullabies for all ages in collaboration with pianist Anat Fort; “I Carry Your Heart” a fully improvised tribute to her mentor Arnie Lawrence, featuring her three small children, Anat Fort (piano) and Erik Lawrence (saxophones and flutes); “Roadsides”, her compositions to Palestinian and Israeli poetry, combining the sound of the Oud with that of the classical guitar and jazz piano. Her quartet Pneuma features three clarinet virtuosos – James Falzone, François Houle and Michael Winograd. Their album “Who Has Seen the Wind?” was released in 2019 on Songlines Recordings.
Having lived in twenty-four apartments, ten cities, five countries, four continents, Ayelet has finally made home with her family in Montreal. Here she founded the “Orchard of Pomegranates” – a series of house concerts, interactive workshops, and private lessons, taught by Ayelet and international guest artists – held in a creative salon setting.
Find more about the “Orchard of Pomegranates,” programs and dates, at the “Orchard” section of this website.