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Baladino’s music comes from their homeland, Israel – a country comprised of Diaspora Jews who migrated through different parts of the world, bringing with them musical influences from the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. As Israelis born to immigrant parents from Middle Eastern countries, the members of Baladino hold a deep connection to their parents’ countries of origin, both musically and culturally. The Ladino tradition has been cherished since the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and is still active in communities to this day. 

With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Saladino is a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh, yet deeply authentic interpretations of Ladino melodies, bringing this tradition back into full, fresh dialogue with its trans-Mediterranean past. From the Egyptian darbuka to the Armenian duduk, the group brings together instruments and traditions from the wide span of cultures that fed into this musical language, updating it with modern extended techniques, improvisa­tion, and electronic influences. Saladino currently tours internationally, with recent performances at major venues and festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Vancouver, and Jerusalem. As a featured ensemble with Arts Midwest World Fest, Baladino has presented concerts and workshops in communities across U.S. midwestern states. Released in 2013, Baladino’s debut album, Dos Amantes, has captivated music lovers around the world. 

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