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home : the arts : the arts August 1, 2014


2/19/2014 12:52:00 PM
Israeli ensemble brings its music to Barron

Baladino, an Israeli world music ensemble, visits Barron County as part of a multicity Midwest tour coordinated by Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. The five-member ensemble takes its audience on a journey through music of the Mediterranean region-music carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Arabic countries.
After a weeklong residency with area K-12 schools, the group will perform at the Barron Area Community Center on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase tickets call 715-736-7529 or visit "barron.uwc.edu/ce. The event is sponsored by dd Sterling Bank, Westconsin Credit Union, Shell Lake Educational Foundation, 3M Cumberland Plant and UW-Barron County.
The ensemble name, Baladino is actually a combination of two words. Baladi is the 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, the language primarily spoken among Sephardic Jews and cultural inspiration for much of the music Baladino performs.
Ensemble members include Tomer Moked, a 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 color with a variety of wind instruments, while Yshai Afterman holds it all together on percussion with 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 of UW-Barron County.
"The music and culture Baladino shares will be absolutely fascinating and different from what we typically hear," she said. "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."
Heathman said that UW-Barron County typically would not have the resources to host week-long residencies of the kind Baladino will 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 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," said Heathman.
Baladino is the second of four ensembles to visit the Barron County area over the course of this 2-year partnership with Arts Midwest. The other ensembles featured in this program will come from Québec, China and Brazil.

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