11/15 | Baladino (Mediterranean folk) at Old Town School of Folk Music


With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino is a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh, yet deeply authentic interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies and brings this tradition back into full, fresh dialogue with its trans-Mediterranean past, using extended technique, subtle electronics and improvisation to dust off the predominant heavy-handed approach to Ladino music. With stunning vocals, unexpected instruments, and a pitch-perfect sense of arrangement, the Israeli group melds everything from Egyptian darbuka to Armenian duduk, from Ladino classics to rarely heard tunes, into a sonically vibrant, organic whole. During Baladino’s live performances, songs often form a jumping-off point for instrumental improvisations driven by Mediterranean-Gypsy grooves, yet embracing rock and electronic influences.

“Baladino’s music was lively, engaging, enthralling and mystical – and I could have listened to it all night long” – ChicagoNow

7.30pm Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

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