Road Stories Blog

Reception in Grand Forks

Playing instruments for a small group

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Le Vent du Nord arrived in Grand Forks on September 22 in good shape, and the group is eager to begin workshops after an enjoyable gathering at the home of North Valley Arts Council Director, Marie Strinden.

Chicago and Madison World Music Festivals

Baladino at the Chicago World Music Festival.

Baladino performed at the Constellation on September 19 as part of the Chicago World Music Festival. The ensemble was very well-received, with approximately 100 people in attendance at this cozy venue.

Interview with Baladino's Yonnie Dror

Yonnie plays the flute during a school workshop. Photo by Eric Young Smith.

We asked Yonnie Dror a few questions in advance of Baladino’s upcoming Arts Midwest World Fest tour. Learn about what Yonnie is looking forward to on this tour, why he loves making pasta, and how he got his start playing wind instruments.

Learning about Israel and Québec, Canada

A plate of poutine (fried potatoes with cheese curds and gravy)

By Stephen Manuszak / Arts Midwest

As we get ready for two exciting years of music with Arts Midwest World Fest, we’re also eager to learn about the artists who will be visiting us from Israel and Québec, Canada.

What is Israel like? Is it hot there? What kind of instruments do they play in Québec? What foods to they eat, and how do you say, “Hello?”

Check out our study guides on Israel and Québec to learn more, and keep watching for guides on China and Brazil!

White egrets deliver a beautiful message in Saugatuck, MI

Great white egret in flight.

Emiko Susilo, the Assistant Artistic Director of Çudamani, told us about a moving experience the ensemble had in Saugatuck, Michigan following the public concert. Stories like these demonstrate again and again that Arts Midwest World Fest is helping us connect in meaningful ways!

Gracious hosts in Detroit Lakes, MN

People standing in the kitchen at a party.

Tarim enjoyed a lovely social event at the home of Greg and Marcia Potvin in Detroit Lakes, MN. The evening was a wonderful connection for everyone as Greg and Marcia’s note below demonstrates:

Tarim offers a workshop at the Detroit Lakes, MN public library

On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Detroit Lakes Library Club hosted Tarim for a small performance and workshop.

Tarim enjoys a visit to Wausau City Hall

Group photo of Tarim at City Hall in Wausau, WI.

The members of Tarim really enjoyed their visit to City Hall in Wausau, Wisconsin! The group was a guest of Mayor Jim Tipple. In this photo, the mayor is to the left of the flag, and Bahtiyar, the director of Tarim is standing to the right of the flag. Next to him is Ed Piatti from 3M.

Honeywell Center hosts Çudamani

Group photo outside, leaning on a fence.

By By Teresa Galley

What an incredible week of music, dance, and cultural exchange in Wabash, Indiana!

Çudamani arrived at the Honeywell Center on Sunday to be greeted by 125 guests and Mayor Bob Vanlandingham. As part of the welcome reception for the final installment of Arts Midwest World Fest, the Honeywell Center’s own youth choir, Vocal Impact, sang in both Balinese and English, inviting the musicians to sing along as their parents and other guests watched.

As the Education and Outreach Manager at the Honeywell Center, I introduced Çudamani’s Assistant Director, Emiko.

Çudamani in Elyria, Ohio

Waving goodbye to the enthusiastic audience at Murray Ridge School.

Çudamani has been hard at work on their spring Arts Midwest World Fest tour! Here are some photos from their week in Elyria, Ohio.