Israeli Folk Group Baladino to Perform


Journey through the music of the Mediterranean with Baladino, a fresh Israeli world music ensemble, who will be performing as part of Arts Midwest World Fest on Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barron Area Community Center. 

Hear centuries –old melodies and revel in sounds carried to Israel from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries.  The ensemble members effortlessly blend these far-ranging musical influences with authenticity and conviction, which is made possible only by those who have grown up in the cultural melting pot that is Israel.

The group brings together instruments and traditions from the wide span of cultures that fed into this musical language historically while inserting their own youthful energy and contemporary backgrounds in jazz improvisation and electronica, playing on instruments both ancient and modern. 

Baladino is comprised of multi-wind instrumentalist Yonnie Dror, string player Tomer Moked, singer Yael Badash, five-string double bass artist Adam Ben Ezra, and master of Middle Eastern percussion Yshai Afterman.

“It’s not often smaller communities like ours have the chance to host international ensembles like Baladino—let alone for a full week,” says Samantha Heathman from UW-Barron County. “The music and culture Baladino shares will be absolutely fascinating and different from what we typically hear.  Baladino will also visit the school districts of Barron, Cumberland, Rice Lake and Shell Lake and other community locations during the week and present a full public concert as well. We expect this residency will be a delightful experience for everyone.”

Heathman went on to note that typically UW-Barron County would not have the resources to host week-long residencies.  Baladino is sponsored by Arts Midwest of Minneapolis and The National Endowment for the Arts and locally by the 3M Foundation, 3M Cumberland Plant, Diary State Bank and UW-Barron County. 

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased by calling 715-736-PLAY, online at or at these ticket outlets: Rice Lake High School, Barron High School, Barron Area Community Center, Peter & Annie’s World Market Cumberland, Shell Lake School Business Office, and UW-Barron County.

For more information contact Samantha Heathman at UW-Barron County at 715.234.8176 ext 5403 or



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