Jon Ailabouni
Jon Ailabouni
Water Street Music Series will present “In Search of America” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Hotel Winneshiek Steyer Opera House, 104 E Water Street in Decorah.

The performance features excerpts of Decorah-based author Robert Wolf’s forthcoming book “In Search of America” set to newly composed and arranged music by Luther College jazz instructor Jon Ailabouni. 

The Luther College Jazz Sextet will perform the compositions. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and are available in advance at Hotel Winneshiek or online at

About Robert Wolf
From the time he ran away from home in Connecticut to hitchhike to Ohio, “In Search of America” author Wolf had the dream of working every job in the country, living in every town and city and having conversations with everyone. The Water Street Music Series concert tells a portion of that story. 

Cultures and folkways that have now almost entirely vanished find new life through fresh ink and the musical interpretation of the Luther College Jazz Sextet.

Robert Wolf is a Decorah-based writer, publisher and radio producer. A former Chicago Tribune columnist, Wolf is publisher of Free River Press, a nonprofit publishing house whose mission is to document contemporary America through writing workshops with people from all walks of life. 

Wolf is the author and editor of numerous other books, including “The Triumph of Technique,” “Grand Tally,” and “The Writer Within.” Wolf’s plays have been produced by theaters from Illinois to New Mexico, including Chicago’s legendary Organic Theatre.

About Jon Ailabouni
Trumpeter, jazz musician and educator Jon Ailabouni is an instructor at Luther College where he directs the Jazz Band, Varsity Band, three jazz combos and teaches jazz improvisation and trumpet. 

A graduate of Luther College and Western Michigan University, Ailabouni has toured internationally in France, Puerto Rico and Brazil and has performed domestically at the the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Ailabouni’s compositions have been premiered at the Jazz Education Network Conference and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. 

About the series
Water Street Music Series is a local music series centered on collaboration between Decorah-connected musicians and other artists in unique local venues. 

“In Search of America” rounds out its six-concert 2013-2014 season. 

Artists interested in performing on the 2014-2015 season are welcome to contact the directors Kate Haller and Rachel Woolsey with their ideas at