With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino is a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh, yet deeply authentic interpretations of traditional Jewish Sephardic and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) melodies. This music was born from Jews exiled from Spain and Portugal, traveling through the former Ottoman lands: Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Morocco. As such, the group brings together instruments and traditions from the wide span of cultures that fed into this musical language historically, updating it with their own youthful energy and contemporary backgrounds in jazz improvisation and electronica. Embracing the old and the new, members perform on instruments both ancient and modern, and have made names for themselves collectively and individually in traditional settings and on YouTube.
Ensemble members include Tomer Moked, a brilliant string player and musical arranger, Daniel Sapir provides solid foundation on the string bass, Yael Badash brings rich vocals to the mix, Yonnie Dror adds wonderful color with a variety of wind instruments, while Yshai Afterman holds it all together on percussion with mesmerizing Mediterranean rhythm.
This performance is part of Arts Midwest World Fest, a program of Arts Midwest that is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, BNSF Railway, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. This activity is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.