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Two White Mothers

by Liz Magnes and Sandra Bendor

A duo jazz album in which the piano is just as important as the voice. By two highly-acclaimed women who live their musical lives to the fullest. A unique, warm and intimate sound.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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LIZ MAGNES and SANDRA BENDOR met in the middle of the Sinai Desert in 1979 and they've been performing internationally in some wild places ever since. The solid duo jazz sound of "Two White Mothers" (which they happen to be) uses their remarkable talents in a sultry collection of much-loved songs that is swinging, cool and effortless.

COMMENTS of INTERNATIONAL CRITICS:
"This was an evening of exceptional precision and power. Bendor's rich and flexible voice was finely suited to the considerable range of these songs. Liz Magnes played brilliantly, with a dazzling display of textural complexities." The Cyprus Mail

"Sandra and Liz proved the ideal duo to be performing the music of Gershwin and Porter; not only from a musical viewpoint, but also thanks to their acting skills, charm and sense of humor. And behind all the fun lies a sophisticated grasp of the music." Ha'Aretz, Israel

"Magnes uses rumbling but unostentatious bass lines to create a rolling undercurrent that gives a sinuous flow to well chosen pop standards." The New York Times

"I didn't need this concert to know that Sandra Bendor is a singer who has no rivals. Tonight I found out that she can actually perform miracles." Ha'Aretz, Israel

"She conquered the audience. She can make you hold your breath by the sheer magnificence of her voice." The New Statesman, New Delhi, India

"Sandra and Liz are outstanding performers and consummate talents. The audience demanded several encores. Athens City Council President commented "Best thing you Americans have done here in 20 years!" USIS, Athens, Greece

"Magnes brings Arabic, Jewish and Turkish influences to her acoustic jazz foundation - as well as a strong appreciation of European classical music. The results are consistently intriguing...on this fine post-bop CD." Alex Henderson review of "Moroccan Moods of Gershwin"

"Sandra (Johnson) Bendor is a superb song stylist who demonstrates why Israel's severest critics pay tribute to her amazing virtuosity. She is a pleasure both to see and to hear. I could hardly restrain myself from jumping up and kissing her in the middle of the show." The City, Tel Aviv

"She was intense, cerebral, and richly inventive in long improvisational expositions, coming up again and again with complex colors and sweet harmonies...Magnes was magnificent."
The Jerusalem Post


LIZ MAGNES made her solo piano debut at the age of 15 playing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". She studied at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville NY, Mannes College of Music in Manhattan and the Hebrew University Rubin Academy in Jerusalem.

Liz Magnes combines an extraordinary approach to jazz piano with a World Music flavor to create a totally new and fresh solo jazz piano sound. Her signature blend of American and Middle Eastern jazz is an exciting meeting of East and West.

During her extensive travels, Liz has explored the melodies and rhythms of many ethnic groups, integrating rich and varied musical heritages into sophisticated jazz improvisations. She has performed in Israel, Egypt, various countries in Europe and various cities in the US. Liz has worked collaboratively with many other artists, drawing upon many different musical traditions including medieval Jewish oriental prayer music, Spanish Ladino melodies, Arabic maqam, modern Israeli pop music and traditional American standards. She interprets each with her jazz sensibilities to create beautiful and often startling connections between divergent forms, weaving together different eras and cultures into splendid musical tapestries.

While living in Israel, her tours abroad included such diverse venues as the Village Gate and Bradley's in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, as well as in jazz festivals in Israel, Europe and the U.S. While living in Cairo for 4 months in 1999, Liz performed at the Cairo Jazz Club, the Cairo Opera House and the Great Hall in Alexandria.

In addition to her jazz concert work with Sandra Bendor throughout Europe and Israel, Liz has collaborated with such diverse artists as flutist Jeremy Steig at the International Red Sea Festival, Moroccan-born violinist Yeshua Azulai in programs of East-West duets and with the Royal Danish National Choir. Her desire to reach out to other creative artists and her unrelenting quest for peace dialogue has afforded her opportunities to perform with many superb artists, including Palestinian oud player Marwan Abado, the drummer Hehiah Khalil in Egypt, and actor Kathleen Chalfant in New York.

Liz has composed and performed music for dance and theatre and is an acclaimed composer of original scores for silent films, which she has performed in film festivals in Vienna, New York and Jerusalem.

Liz Magnes has resided in New York since 2000 during which time she has performed in concert from coast to coast. Some performance highlights include her performance with Marian McPartland on Marian's prestigious "Piano Jazz" program (NPR); performing for "Seeds ofPeace" in honor of Queen Noor of Jordan; composing and performing "Chagall" at the Jewish Museum; participating in an evening hosted by The Center of Constitutional Rights, under the auspices of Vanessa and Corin Redgrave with a performance of her piano composition "Prayer for Peace"; and her performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium) which highlighted her jazz signature of arrangements; and performance for the Lauren Flanagan Valentine Day Concert. At the Knitting Factory in New York Liz collaborated with Kathleen Chalfant in duo and with Rinde Eckert at the Charles Ramsburg "Text, Texere, Texture" exhibition at the West Park Church. She worked with poet Karen Alkalay-Gut, also at the Knitting Factory. Liz is proud to have been a part of the African Aids Film Festival. She composed and performed incidental music for Pygmalion and Galatea at the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and recently opened the Sunday Afternoon Series with a solo gig at Brooklyn"s Parlorjazz. Lately, she has performed at the Kingston, NY Deep Listening Space.

During her long and vibrant career Liz has dedicated much of her time to furthering the arts in education. She is one of the three founders of the Jerusalem Workshop of Music and Arts for Children, has conducted programs of music pedagogy for the Jerusalem Municipality, a concert-lecture series for the open university of Tel Aviv and jazz workshops in Israel and abroad, including workshops for Palestinian and Israeli youth together. She also taught music at Friendship's Way, a project for underprivileged Muslim, Jewish and Christian children in Jaffa.

Liz holds a degree in Clinical Art Therapy and in 1979 was a Fulbright Fellow to the Salzburg Seminar as an Art Therapist. In 1994 she was granted the prestigious fellowship of Artist-in-Residence at the Cite Des Arts in Paris, awarded by the Cultural Ministries of France and Israel. In 2001, Liz received a coveted grant from the Bank Street School to create, develop and teach music seminars to students and parents together in public schools in the Bronx.

In conjunction with her husband, photographer Rafi Magnes, Liz created a composition entitled "The Holy Land Tapestries" for a solo photography exhibit of Rafi's at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The two also participated in a week-long multimedia seminar together with Henry and Kathleen Chalfant (Beyond the Stigma) at the University of Michigan.

Liz and Rafi Magnes have four children, Ilya, Dina, Yael and Tamar. Ilya is a percussionist living in Denmark. During the summers he conducts percussion workshops in ethnic music,particularly the Djemba, on the shores of the Red Sea in Egypt. Dina, Yael and Tamar are all artist/designers and have recently started a new label of designer accessories in New York called "Studio Magnes". Ilya's son Yonathan is now 11 years old and speaks Danish and Hebrew and he's learning English from his many transatlantic visits. Liz and Ilya are currently working on a duo jazz album featuring piano and percussion.

Liz and Rafi Magnes are actively involved in the international peace movement and Liz has dedicated much of her time and many of her concerts to the cause of peace. She has been involved in "Move On" and "Women in Black" in Israel and the US.

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SANDRA BENDOR has performed for audiences around the world and in 49 of the United States giving concerts of jazz, theatre music, and American and international folk music (with Appalachian dulcimer and guitar). With Liz Magnes, Sandra's dear friend and partner on "Two White Mothers", she has performed concerts of the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and many others throughout Europe, Israel and the US.

Upon graduating Montclair State College in NJ with a degree in Music Education, Sandra was invited to join the National Humanities Series at Princeton University which was presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC. She performed several tours throughout the US for the Series which sent professors of the humanities together with performing artists to towns of fewer than 2500 people. In the show "How and Why People Create" Sandra performed in prisons, libraries, schools, churches, community centers and theatres throughout the US. Some of the venues were so remote that she had to carry her guitar and Appalachian dulcimer for miles on dried river beds in order to get to the performance space. In a performance in North Dakota at a Sioux ceremony, Sandra sang with many of the local performers and was made an honorary member of the Sioux Nation. In the show "The Frontier in Song and Story" Sandra performed together with Dean William A. Owens of Columbia University (originally from Paris, Texas). She sang songs that Dean Owens had collected and recorded on tin pie plates throughout the Southern US in the 1930's (now in the Library of Congress) as part of a WPA project. During these performances Sandra became the first woman in the Maximum Security Prison in Ohio where she told the prisoners that she was delighted to perform in front of a captive audience.

Upon returning to New York, Sandra was chosen as actor/singer/musician from over 600 candidates for a treasured place as one of seven performers in the Main Repertory of the famous La Mama Experimental Theatre Company. In addition to a New York season, the company performed in European festivals every year and throughout California. In Europe, Sandra performed with La Mama in the Berlin Festvochen, the Copenhagen Det Dansk Theatre, the Spoleto Festival and the Vienna International Festival. She performed the title role in "Carmilla" by J.S. LeFanu and Ben Johnston (which she recorded for Vanguard Records), in Yeats' "The Only Jealousy of Emer" (which won an OBIE) and Stravinsky's "Renard the Fox".

In 1973, Sandra was sent to the Tel Aviv branch of La Mama Israel for one month to musical direct Lorca's "Chimera" directed by Rina Yerushalmi. Although she didn't speak a word of Hebrew, she immediately began performing concerts and teaching in Tel Aviv University as a guest artist. The month eventually turned into 15 years. During this time Sandra performed in many hit shows ("Padam, Padam", "The Good Woman of Setzuan", "Three Penny Opera", "On the Way West", "Instead of Love"), gave solo concerts in over 200 kibbutzim, played leading roles with the Habimah National Theatre, performed frequently on television and radio, made many recordings and hosted her own midnight radio program. She gave concerts for several visiting dignitaries including President Gerald Ford and performed with visiting artists including composer Marvin Hamlisch (who almost fell off the piano stool while he was accompanying Sandra when he realized that she was singing the songs from "A Chorus Line" in Hebrew). One of her most exciting performances was an evening in honor of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek in the Plaza Hotel in New York with Leonard Bernstein. In 1985, Sandra was voted Israeli Singer of the Year and is the only American-born singer to hold this honor.

As a writer/translator, Sandra translated the songs and vocal directed the BBC series "Journey Through Israel" with Topol in England. In 1995 she was awarded the coveted US National Theatre Translation Award for her play translations (presented in the Public Theater, NY). She has collaborated with her husband, actor/writer Ofer Bendor on many plays for young audiences including "The Dreydl Will Rock" and "Cruel Jewel". Sandra is an alumna of the Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theatre Workshop where she was lucky enough to study lyric writing with the legendary teacher/composer Walter Edgar Kennan.

While living in Israel, Sandra was frequently sent to perform solo concerts of American folk music for the US State Department in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Iran (prior to 1979, of course), India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. A few of the many amazing experiences she had during her travels include performing outdoor concerts for audiences of 8,000-10,000 people all over India, performing a concert in the city of Khooramshar on the Gulf of Persia in 120F degree heat, and dinner with director John Huston at the ambassador's residence in Ankara, Turkey while he was filming "The Man Who Would be King".

In 1987, Sandra returned to the United States with her husband and three children, Adi, Liron and Roy. The Bendors began creating and performing theatre for schools and founded the Children's Theatre Center of NJ, today one of most successful touring theatres for young audiences in North America. CTC presents over 600 shows per year of "Arithmetickles", a funny math show based on audience participation.

In the same year, Sandra met and began working with composer/pianist Ronn Yedidia. The two performed the concert "Songs in Blue and White" for over 10 years in many venues throughout the US including UCLA and a gala concert in Palm Springs together with author Elie Weisel. Today, the two still work together in collaboration with Ofer Bendor, composing, writing, translating and performing new songs.

Two of these songs, "Ballad of a Hooker and a Thief" and "Friendship, Friday Night" were recently presented in NY at the concert "20th Century Music and On" in Merkin Hall in a world premiere. The three are currently working on a new album of their songs.

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Margaret

These Mothers Rule
A brilliant pairing--the music is mellow yet inspired; and the artists are at their best. I can't imagine anyone would be disappointed in this CD--I highly recommend it.
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Georgia

Can't get enough of these artists. .
After listening once, I just set my CD player on "repeat" and played this music over and over all afternoon. What a treat. It made me sway, it made me sing, it made me smile. . MORE please!
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