NEDUDIM at Instituto Cervantes de Chicago by Alejandro Mallado

Fifth House Ensemble, Mediterranean folk band Baladino, and 2014 Rome Prize-winning composer Dan Visconti have come together to create and present Nedudim, a genre-defying, evening-length suite of concert works rooted in Middle Eastern, European, and American folk music at Instituto Cervantes on Friday, April 17 2015.

Co-created with a diverse group of cultural organizations across Chicago representing Israel, Spain, Iran, and India, this performance experience taps into the shared experience of musical memories and serves as a catalyst for an exploration of music as an indelible part of cultural identity.

This performance includes original settings of Ladino and Israeli folk melodies including Tzur MisheloLa Esclava, and Tres Hermenicas, augmenting Baladino’s instrumentation to include musicians from 5HE. The program also features works by living composers rooted in American folk music, including He’s Gone Away from Robert Beaser’s Mountain Songs, Kenneth Benshoof’s Traveling Music, and Dan Visconti’s Black Bend. In all three works, soloists from Baladino weave improvisatory lines over the existing framework, adding a distinctly Mediterranean flavor. 

Nedudim also boasts the world premiere of Greek Blues and Raga Etude by Baladino/Tomer Moked, and Native Tongues, a new work for the combined forces of both ensembles by Dan Visconti.

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