Baladino comes to Wahpeton, ND, through Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest World Fest Partnership. With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino is a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh, yet deeply authentic interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies and brings this tradition back into full, fresh dialogue with its trans-Mediterranean past, using extended technique, subtle electronics and improvisation to dust off the predominant heavy-handed approach to Ladino music. With stunning vocals, unexpected instruments, and a pitch-perfect sense of arrangement, the Israeli group melds everything from Egyptian darbuka to Armenian duduk, from Ladino classics to rarely heard tunes, into a sonically vibrant, organic whole. During Baladino’s live performances, songs often form a jumping-off point for instrumental improvisations driven by Mediterranean-Gypsy grooves, yet embracing rock and electronic influences.
It’s not often smaller communities have the chance to host international ensembles like Baladino—let alone for a full week. The music and culture Baladino shares will be absolutely fascinating and different from what we typically hear. Baladino will visit many schools and community locations during the week and present a full public concert. We expect this residency will be a delightful experience for everyone. Arts Midwest, one of six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, partners with program sponsors like the National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the program cost so that communities throughout the Midwest can enjoy this rich arts experience. Wahpeton was selected as one of only nine Midwestern cities to host the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest and is the only partner community chosen in North Dakota.
Baladino is the first of four ensembles to visit Wahpeton over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information on Baladino, visit http://www.baladino.com. The other ensembles featured in this program come from Québec, Turkey, and China.
Schedule for Baladino:
Sunday, October 25th – 6:30-7:30 PM reception at Red Door Art Gallery.
Monday, October 26th – Wahpeton High School – 8:30-9:30 AM – master class; 9:30-10:30 AM – concert, 10-30-11:30 AM – master class.
Tuesday, October 27th – Breckenridge High School – 11:30 AM master class and 1:45 PM school concert. Art4Life - St. Catherines – 7 PM.
Wednesday, October 28th – Central Elementary School – grades 1-2 from 1:15-1:45 PM and grades 3-5 from
2-2:45 PM. NDSCS Concert Choir – 4-5 PM.
Thursday, October 29th – Off Day.
Friday, October 30th – Breckenridge Elementary – grades K-2 - 9-9:50 AM & grades 5-8 - 10-10:50. Circle of Nations – 1 PM.
Saturday, October 31st – 2 PM matinee at Bremer Theater / NDSCS Stern Cultural Center.
Baladino Ticket Information
Tickets for the public concert are $5 for students and $10 for adults. They are available at the Parks and Recreation offices located at 304 South 5th Street, Wahpeton.
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