Israeli piano star Guy Mintus will perform his Palo Alto debut concert bringing the audience into his unique world. In Guy's performances, George Gershwin meets the great Israeli songbook, Chopin meets the Beatles and Beethoven meets the Jewish Nigun while Guy's imaginative originals take the listeners on a journey from Manhattan to Jerusalem.
"Mintus pours together a mixed brew of influences—Arabic makam, Jewish folk song, Eastern European dance rhythms and, especially, classic hard bop—with ebullient grace that you'd think they all originated in the very same place."
~The New York Times
"Mintus' shining, charismatic personality is addictive, and his fine trio liberates listeners with its majestic take on freedom conjured through thoughtful connections.”
Israeli pianist, composer, vocalist and educator Guy Mintus is equally at home whether he's sharing the stage with jazz legends, composing for classical orchestras, collaborating with masters of traditional music, working with kids or guesting as a soloist with Ska-Punk band Streetlight Manifesto with whom he performed at a sold-out Beacon Theater.
Coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan and Polish Jews, his music is a meeting point between different rivers of inspiration flowing freely into each other. Guy is a trained concert pianist with the energy of a rock star and a jazz musician's sense of adventure who's unafraid to throw into the mix his native Middle Eastern scales and rhythms.
Guy's awards include the "Leonard Bernstein Award" by ASCAP and the Bernstein Family Foundation and the Prix du Public at the Montreux Jazz Festival's solo piano competition. His debut record, A Home in Between, has been selected as DownBeat Magazine's Editor's Pick while his sophomore release, Connecting the Dots, has been celebrated in concerts throughout the US, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Kazakhstan including a New York CD release concert that has been recommended by the New York Times. Guy's latest record, A Gershwin Playground, was recently released on the prestigious label ENJA Records (Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner among others). The album that provides a fresh, modern and very personal take on the music of Jewish-American musical giants is receiving international support from both critics and audiences alike. An
endorsed artist by Yamaha Pianos, Guy has performed/composed works for Israel Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Philharmonic and for Miracle of Miracles, a
new documentary about Fiddler on the Roof, by HBO director Max Lewkowicz.
We are happy to invite you to an art reception featuring intriguing pieces by sculptor, photographer and assemblage artist Dan Lythcott-Haims in the Schultz Arts Hall lobby between 6:00–6:45 PM. Meet the artist, explore his work, schmooze with friends and have some wine (please RSVP). At 7:00 PM an evening of piano, poetry, stories and more with Guy Mintus will begin in the Hall.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION: All attendees at this event will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. Either a physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or the State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Card may be offered as proof of full vaccination. Masks are required for all indoor spaces at the OFJCC. Please note that the OFJCC continuously monitors public health guidance and prior to an in-person event reserves the right to make event adjustments accordingly. If an event cannot proceed in person, the program will be postponed to a later date or held virtually. All ticket holders will be notified and tickets transferred accordingly.
Saturday, November 6
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg. F)
Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required
Contact: Michelle Shabtai | [email protected]