Sisseton, South Dakota is a community that many visitors from other countries may not find an opportunity to visit when traveling in the United States. Earlier this month, however, Baladino spent a week performing and giving workshops in Sisseton, and the group was impressed by the rich Native American culture and strong sense of community on the Lake Traverse Dakota Indian reservation.
It seems like the members of Baladino make fast friends in every community they visit with Arts Midwest World Fest. Their week in Rice Lake, Wisconsin was no exception. Even with bone-chilling cold fronts preoccupying the region, the band’s experiences of wonder and awe at Midwestern snow and cold lightened the mood in Rice Lake, as did the playfulness and warmth of the Mediterranean melodies they shared in workshops and performances.
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.
Le Vent Du Nord is back on tour with Arts Midwest World Fest! The first stop was DeKalb, Illinois, where the band led local language and music students in workshops on Québecois folk music. Throughout their time with Arts Midwest World Fest, the band has conducted some incredible workshops, and this residency was no exception.
Le Vent du Nord’s last stop on their Arts Midwest World Fest tour was a weeklong residency in Orange City, Iowa. In addition to many workshops at schools in the community, the Juno-award-winning band played at several local coffee shops, giving the community the unique opportunity to experience their music in an intimate, casual setting. Many thanks to Le Vent du Nord for sharing their music throughout the Midwest this fall!
Le Vent du Nord was warmly welcomed at the brand new Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters for the start of their week-long residency in Sisseton, South Dakota. Guests enjoyed traditional Native American dance and drumming, music from Le Vent du Nord, and wonderfully prepared meal of contemporary and traditional Native American foods.
Le Vent Du Nord resumed their tour in Rice Lake, WI after a couple of weeks back with their families in Quebec. The group charmed the community and made some new fans in Wisconsin. Big thanks to Samantha Heathman at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County for putting together an amazing residency and warmly welcoming Le Vent Du Nord into the community.
By Julia Barlow, Development Assistant, Arts Midwest
Spending time with the members of Le Vent du Nord last week really showed me just how little I knew about our neighbors to the north. I have never lived more than a few hours from Canada, but I hadn’t really explored the diverse cultures that compose the nation.
My first time in Canada at all was only a month or so ago, when I visited Montreal. I was surprised to find out just how French Québec was! They greet you with bonjour, they have cobblestone streets, and they even do the bise.