Road Stories Blog

Sharing ancient instruments and ancient song

By Lindajoy Fenley

Toryn quickly shot his hand up when Yaniv Taichman asked the students if they had ever seen an 11-string, fat-bellied, fretless instrument like the one he held up. The fifth grader from North Dakota’s Prairie Rose Elementary School surprised the visiting Israeli musicians when he said it was an oud.

Musical Exchange Begins in North Dakota

By Lindajoy Fenley

Just one hour after arriving in Dickinson, North Dakota, Sofi and the Baladis launched their four-week Arts Midwest World Fest tour at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, their home for the next week.

Manhu in Marietta, OH

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Manhu was welcomed to Marietta at a reception at the People’s Bank Theater where the ensemble will perform its public concert. We were surprised and pleased to see many Chinese students, professors and staff from Marietta College. Many could speak Mandarin so Manhu felt very comfortable meeting these community people.

Chuck Swaney, Bradford Smith and Hunt Brawley listen to Manhu’s Blessing song.

Ken Carlson came to visit Manhu one last time on this tour.

Manhu concert in Corydon

By Shigeyo Henriquez

We had a great turn out in Corydon for Manhu’s public concert. Students we met during the week brought their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, and Main Street Corydon’s patrons and community people came too. Everybody knew everyone.

Manhu in Corydon, Indiana

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Our Corydon welcome reception was held at the beautiful home of Dr. and Mrs Mark Eastridge. It was the first time Manhu was able to visit someone’s home. We sat around the table on the porch looking out at the beautiful garden in the woods. Deer grazed in distance as we raised our glasses to toast.

Concert in Sterling, Illinois

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Manhu had a great performance in Illinois last week. The concert was very well-received, and afterward audience members waited in line to purchase CDs and get them autographed by members of of the band.

Manhu in Sterling, Illinois

By Shigeyo Henriquez

The second week we are in Sterling, Illinois. We are greeted with a warm welcome by a room full of Woodlawan Arts Academy staff and members.

Concert in Prairie du Chien

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Will anyone come to the Manhu concert? Our Prairie du Chien hosts were concerned, but about 6:30 p.m. students started to come with their parents, grandparents and siblings.

A line formed to enter the theater which was soon pleasantly filled with an enthusiastic audience.

Many in the audience were familiar with some of the songs and dance from earlier in the week.

Manhu Wow'd by Prairie du Chien, WI

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Manhu arrived in Prairie du Chien late afternoon on Sunday, September 10th.

Manhu receives a warm welcome in Chicago, IL

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Manhu arrived in Chicago on September 7 after nearly twenty hours of travel. On the 8th there was no time to rest. The group was off to Fredric Chopin Elementary School in Chicago for its first workshop.