The Wandering Muse

“..celebrates modern takes on age-old musical traditions” – Toronto Star

“Fascinating eye-opener… filled to the brim with good songs” – Montreal Gazette

Using instruments as passports for millennia, wandering Jewish musicians are still among us.

From ram’s horn to beatbox, THE WANDERING MUSE explores the kaleidoscope of Jewish identities through the ever-changing music of the diaspora.

In constant motion, the film is a series of encounters with Jewish musicians from around the world. Taking their music beyond the concert hall, we join in the spontaneous magic of a creative process that transcends the struggles of the musicians’ lives.

In an alternative Argentinean bar, two friends play tango-infused klezmer. In rural Uganda, villagers chant Hebrew prayers in East African harmonies. At a Montreal party, an artist mixes hip-hop and jazz with cantorial singing in a multilingual tour de force. In a Berlin apartment, an American harmonizes with a Russian friend in a rendition of an anti-Zionist song from the 1920’s.

Shattering stereotypes and upending expectations, each scene brings us closer to the nomadic soul wandering in a borderless world of harmonies. With the traditional and the contemporary in a continuous dialogue, THE WANDERING MUSE attends to the birth of a dynamic new Jewish music.

Festivals: RIDM (Montreal International Documentary Festival)
Montreal: Cinema du Parc, from November 24th
Toronto: Bloor Cinema, from December 5th

Length: 94 min

Director, Writer, Producer Tamás Wormser
Director of Photography
Alex Margineanu, Van Royko, Tamás Wormser
Sound Recordist
Philippe Scultety, Sylvain Vary, Toby Richardson
Catherine Legault
Éléonore Goldberg
Sound Effect Editor
Kyle Stanfield
Music Editor
Dino Giancola
Cory Rizos, Amplitude Postproduction
Online Editor
Francis Hanneman
Additional Cameraman
Thomas Riedelsheimer, Tobias Müller, Pablo Desanzo, Gábor Halász, Mario Calvé, Roberto Zorfini, Clark Fergusson, Francois Chambe
Additional Sound Recordist
Sebastian Sonzogni, Gábor Bányai, Pascal Van Strydonck, Michal Olownia, Emory Murchison, César Fernández, Frederic Cristea, Robert Olawuyi, Courtney Wing, Bruno Pucella
Writing consultant Elaine Shatenstein

  • genre Documentary film and Web-Documentary
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