Minneapolis charmed by Baladino

Baladino kicked off their spring tour last week with stops across the Twin Cities. From visits to a local radio station, Arts Midwest offices, and the local headquarters of the program’s primary sponsor, to a stellar performance at The Dakota Jazz Club, the five-member ensemble charmed Minneapolis, making fast friends with our staff, our donors, and local arts patrons.

Left: Yael Badash at KFAI. Right: Daniel Sapir plays the upright bass
Photos by Jackson Buck, KFAI

Fresh off the airplane, Baladino was welcomed to Minneapolis with a radio interview on Global Beat, a world music show at KFAI studios that transcends borders of language, culture, and heritage to bring audiences a fresh take on art and current events from across the globe. Daniel Sapir (shown on the right above) is the new upright bass player for Baladino who is making his American debut with this Arts Midwest World Fest tour.

Baladino band members in the Arts Midwest offices
Photo by Joshua Feist

Next, the ensemble visited Arts Midwest’s offices—a rare treat for our staff to experience first-hand the ensembles that we tour across the Midwest. It only made sense to serve hummus, an Arts Midwest staff favorite and an Israeli staple. Around the table, the ensemble shared their experiences of being warmly welcomed into Midwestern communities during their tour in last fall.

A woman films on her cell phone with the band in the background
Photo by Joshua Feist

On Thursday, the ensemble braved the falling snow to visit the 3M headquarters for a special lunchtime concert. 3M is a generous supporter of Arts Midwest World Fest, so we were thrilled to treat them to a show! Audience members were excited to have live music during their lunch break, and many took photos and videos of the band performing on their cellphones.

Performing at The Dakota Jazz Club
Photo by Joshua Feist

For their last night in town, the band performed at the Dakota Jazz Club at The Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. The audience was enchanted by their repertoire of traditional Ladino music with contemporary jazz and folk sounds.

Baladino brought a much-welcomed Mediterranean warmth to the Twin Cities last week. From their sweet personalities to their stunning musical talent, we were instantly charmed by the ensemble. But like most experiences with new friends, the visit felt much too short. We now send them off on their spring tour with a bittersweet goodbye—wishing them the best as they embark on their journey across the Midwest.

Baldino performance at 3M. Photo by Joshua Feist.

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