Yuval Ron (Hebrew: יובל רון) is an award-winning world music artist, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer.
Notable compositions include music for the Oscar-winning short film West Bank Story (2007), as well as site-specific commissions for the Getty Museum and others. His world music group, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, focuses on peace issues and interfaith dialogue, and tours internationally, including festival appearances in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and a performance for the Dalai Lama. Yuval Ron also lectures at major universities on the subjects of sacred Middle Eastern music, spiritual foundations of creativity, and the impact of sound on healing.
Yuval Ron began composing professionally for theater and contemporary dance in Israel in the early 1980s. In the late 80s-early 90s, he worked as a composer for promotional videos, theater, television, and dance in Boston and New York. He scored his first feature film, “Urban Jungle,” produced in New York, in 1990. In the mid-late 90s, Yuval Ron was a composer for the Fox Kids network in Los Angeles, CA. In 2006, he composed music for the short film “West Bank Story,” a musical spoof of “West Side Story” that features two rival gangs of fast food employees – the Israeli “Kosher King” vs. the Palestinian “Hummus Hut”. “West Bank Story” won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2007. Other notable scores include scores for PBS Nova (“Breaking the Maya Code”), Proteus, Oliver Twist, and Golda’s Balcony.
In addition to film music, Yuval Ron has also received commissions from various international choreographers, including Daniel Ezralow (American Repertory Ballet), Ashley Roland (ISO dance company), Oguri (Renzoku Dance Company) and Zen priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka. He also composed music for theater productions, including Shakespeare's The Tempest, Yeats' Amer's Jealousy, and Becket's Casscando. Other recent notable work includes “6 Healing Sounds,” a 6-album commission of ambient, “sound-healing” music based on traditional Chinese healing concepts, for Metta Mindfulness Music.
As a performer, Yuval Ron is best known as an oud player and ensemble leader. He also plays the guitar, the Turkish cumbus, saz, and the Moroccan sintir. Yuval Ron founded the Yuval Ron Ensemble in 1999. The group has toured extensively in the US, as well as internationally in Israel, Turkey, Morocco, and Korea. In 2008, the Yuval Ron Ensemble was the featured group in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama's initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall. See: Yuval Ron Ensemble.
In 2010, Yuval Ron was a featured presenter at TEDx Conejo, CA, where he narrated a mystical story and accompanied himself with the oud.
Lecture and Teaching Career
Yuval Ron has given many lectures about sacred Middle Eastern music and the spiritual foundations of creativity at American universities including Yale, UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Middlebury College, Brandeis University, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, and Pittsburgh University. Since 2009, Yuval Ron has been on the faculty of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, where he lectures and leads workshops on sacred Middle Eastern music and dance, spirituality and the brain, and related topics. He is also an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a "Guiding Voice" for Seven Pillars - House of Wisdom.
Awards and Honors
- 2012 - Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal
- 2009 - Park City Film Music Festival Silver Medal for Excellence
- 2008 - International Archaeological Film Festival Grand Prize (for "Breaking the Maya Code")
- 2008 - Audience Award for Best Documentary, Red Rock Film Festival, Springdale, Utah (for "Breaking the Maya Code")
- Rilke: Searching for the Inner Soul (Yuval Ron and Mark Waldman)
- Oud Prayers on the Road to St. Jacques (Yuval Ron)
- In the Shallows (Yuval Ron)
- Music for Deep Movement, Vol. 1 (Yuval Ron)
- In Between the Heartbeat (Yuval Ron)
- One Truth (Omar Faruk Tekbilek, produced and co-written by Yuval Ron)
- Proteus (Yuval Ron - soundtrack)
- West Bank Story (Yuval Ron - soundtrack)
- Breaking the Maya Code (Yuval Ron - soundtrack)