Road Stories Blog

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.

Introducing Baladino and Le Vent du Nord

We've got two great groups lined up so far for the next season of Arts Midwest World Fest. Baladino, from Israel, and Le Vent du Nord, from Quebec, will tour the Midwest beginning fall 2013.

Baladino band member Yonnie Dror is no stranger to Arts Midwest World Fest, having toured previously with Yamma Ensemble. His new ensemble is a fun mix of different Israeli folk sounds.

Working in the community helps international musicians to see the real America

Artist workshop with children in Indiana. Photo by Lindajoy Fenley.

By Arts Midwest

The music ensemble Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers conducted a residency tour with Arts Midwest World Fest in fall 2012. At the end of the tour, the group’s tour manager, Shigeyo Henriquez, interviewed three of the brothers—Zafeeruddin, Rasheed, and Ehtishamuddin—about their most memorable moments from the tour. These are their responses.

Wishing for peace and harmony

Caravanserai rehearsal at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011.

By Muhammad Najmuddin

Muhammad Najmuddin is the eldest brother and leader of Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers. The ensemble conducted residency tours in the U.S. with Arts Midwest’s Caravanserai in fall 2011 and Arts Midwest World Fest in fall 2012.

Almost one month has passed, and we are still remembering the precious moments we spent in the U.S.A.

It was our pleasant pride to work toward the noble cause of bridging the gap between Pakistan and the U.S.A.

Final week with the Qawal Brothers

School workshop at Stocker Arts Center.

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Before our week started, Hurricane Sandy reached Lorain County and caused significant water damage to the Stocker Arts Center, where we spent the majority of our residency in Elyria, Ohio. Still, even while the entire Lorain County Community College was dealing with repairs, our programs continued to run as scheduled.

Qawwali singing is spiritual, transcendent, and very energetic, and you could see this from the students’ responses at our residencies. At Maple Intermediate School in North Olmsted, two girls couldn’t stop dancing.

A final week and farewells in Ohio

Group photo at the airport.

By Muhammad Najmuddin

On Monday, November 12, our work started for students and senior citizens in Elyria, Ohio. During this week we hosted many student concerts. On Thursday, November 16, we visited a school in Cleveland to start their International Cultural Celebration Day. The auditorium was filled with students, and the students and their teachers all enjoyed our performance and started singing and dancing with the rhythm of the songs.

On Friday, we went to the Islamic Center in Cleveland for our prayers. The center has a beautiful and graceful mosque and a community center with part-time school.

A memorable week in Wabash, IN

Call to prayer

By Shigeyo Henriquez

In the evening of Sunday, November 4, we arrived in Wabash, Indiana, and parked the bus in the front of the Charley Creek Inn, a beautifully restored world-class hotel and our home for the fourth week of the tour.