Israeli Group, Baladino to Perform March 1


Baladino, a fresh and exhilarating Israeli world music ensemble will visit Barron County as part of a multi-city Midwest tour coordinated by Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. The five-member ensemble takes its audience on a joyful journey through music of the Mediterranean region—music carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Arabic countries. The ensemble name, “Baladino,” is actually a combination of two words. “Baladi” isthe name for the most popular rhythm pattern in Middle Eastern music, and the word also means “my land” in the Arabic language. The other word is “Ladino” which is the language primarily spoken among Sephardic Jews and cultural inspiration for much of the music Baladino performs. After a week-long residency with area K-12 schools, the group will be performing at the Barron Area Community Center on March 1, at 7:00 PM. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for students. The public performance is sponsored by 3M Cumberland Plant, Sterling Bank, WESTconsin Credit Union, Shell Lake Educational Foundation and UW-Barron County.

Ensemble members include Tomer Moked, a brilliant string player and musical arranger, Adam Ben Ezra provides solid foundation and a hip sound on the string bass, Yael Badash brings rich vocals to the mix, Yonnie Dror adds wonderful color with a variety of wind instruments, while Yshai Afterman holds it all together on percussion with mesmerizing Mediterranean rhythm.

"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 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.”


According to Heathman, UW-Barron County typically would not have the resources to host week-long residencies of the kind Baladinowill offer. 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. UW-Barron County was selected as one of only nine Midwestern areas to host the 2013–15 Arts Midwest World Fest and Barron County is the only partner community chosen in Wisconsin “It’s a real honor to be part of this program,” says Heathman.


Baladino is the second of four ensembles to visit the Barron County area over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. The other ensembles featured in this program will come from Québec, China and Brazil.


Baladino Ticket Information

Baladino           from Israel                   
Public performance March 1, 2014
7:00 PM Barron Area Community Center

Journey through the music of the Mediterranean with Baladino, and hear centuries-old melodies carried to Israel from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries.

Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for students

To purchase tickets call 715-736-PLAY
or website


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