“Gottlieb is one of those singers, like Rokia Traore or Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,
whose voice can convey great power and soul,
even when singing in a language unfamiliar to listeners”
Jon Garelick, Jazziz magazine
In Her Words
Described as an “intoxicating vocalist” (Vancouver Sun) with an “individually rigorous tone” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times), Ayelet Rose Gottlieb is an international performer, an explorer of sound, and a seeker of musical adventures.
She creates in sophisticated simplicity blending jazz, middle-eastern & Jewish music with contemporary composition and conceptual improvisation. She is inspired by poetry, nature, magic, science and the vulnerability of the human experience. The music spinning on her record player spans from Jeanne Lee to J. S. Bach. From Oum Koulthoum to Ornette Coleman.
Ayelet’s innovative style as a composer and improviser has led her to fascinating collaborations. She has performed John Zorn’s music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sung her own compositions to erotic Biblical texts inside a cave in the Israeli desert, and performed with Mycale (a-cappella quartet) in a butchery in Austria and in a golden church in Ecuador. With Michael Winograd, James Falzone and François Houle she created Pneuma – a quartet of three clarinets and voice, performing songs they set to poetry about the wind.
A Journey In Music
Ayelet’s multilingual and multicultural approach is a constant thread through all of her work. Her latest recording, “13 Lunar Meditations: Summoning the Witches” is her eleventh album as bandleader or co-leader. Weaving together texts by women and girls from around the world, Ayelet composed a masterful song cycle that reflects upon the moon and our connection to it. Her musical story telling is both global and highly personal. This work is presented this year at Suoni Per il Popolo Festival (June 2022) and Modulus Festival (November 2022)
Previous recordings include “Two More Dreams,” an album of lullabies for all ages created with pianist Anat Fort; In “Roadsides” Ayelet connects her eastern and western roots, combining the sound of the Oud with that of the euro-classical guitar and jazz piano; In “Shiv’a” ayelet reflects on the process of mourning in an instrumental composition for string quartet (ETHEL) and percussion (Satoshi Takeishi).
On A Personal Note
Jerusalem-born, mother of three, Ayelet has lived in twenty-four apartments, ten cities, five countries and four continents before finally making a home with her family in Montréal, Canada. In 2018, she founded the “Orchard of Pomegranates,” where she brings her rich experience and knowledge to facilitate safe and transformative spaces for artists and musicians. Through her teaching and mentoring practices, she supports creatives in bringing their visions into fruition, and deepening connection to their “voice” (both physically and metaphorically.)
These offerings developed mostly during the pandemic years. Parallel, Ayelet and collaborator DB offered an online series of conversations entitled 13 Lunar Conversations, under the new moons of 2021. Those remain available online.