Baladino brings music of the Mediterranean

Baladino, a young, exhilarating, Israeli-Mediterranean folk band, will appear at Hanover College Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Taking  its audience on a joyful journey through music of the Mediterranean region — music carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arab lands — the name Baladino combines the words baladi, a popular rhythm pattern in Middle Eastern music, and Ladino, the main language of Sephardic Jews.

The ensemble blends a mesmerizing mix of hip rhythms and lilting vocals, along with tradition music from the region. Baladino uses fresh arrangements that will take the audience on a versatile and unique musical journey, one that emphasizes the beautiful side of the Israeli melting pot and preserves the musical traditions considered the milestones of Israeli culture.

Tickets for Baladino  are $12 in advance, $15 at the door for adults; $12 for seniors (65+) and Hanover faculty and staff; and $5 for youth (high school and under).

The concert is part of a multi-city tour sponsored by Arts Midwest World Fest, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, MetLife Foundation and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.

The performance is part of a weeklong series of events. Baladino will hold a music workshop Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Withrow Student Activities Center. The event is free and open to the public, who are encouraged to bring an instrument if they play.

Baladino will also give several free young people’s concerts to the Madison and Jefferson County Schools.

The ensemble will also hold a musical workshop at the University of Louisville.