From September 3 to 11, 2014, Founder and Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma will tour Europe with the Silk Road Ensemble, bringing their border-crossing musical experience to audiences in Izmir (3 September), Istanbul (4 September), Paris (8 September), Amsterdam (10 September), and Luxembourg (11 September).
Join Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on their European tour.
In Istanbul, the Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will be joined by Aynur, a celebrated Turkish singer of Kurdish ancestry, who will be a special guest vocalist for the world premiere of Kayhan Kalhor’s Layers of Loneliness. Mr. Kalhor’s new work incorporates folk melodies and improvisation based on three Kurdish poems about love, loss, and the longing to find a loved one.
“One of my favorite things about the Silk Road Ensemble,” said Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Founder and Artistic Director, “is the way we introduce each other to music and musicians whose work we are passionate about. In programming concerts, we hope to extend our own experience of curiosity and collaboration to our audiences, both familiar and new. In Europe, we will revisit old favorites as well as newer music: from our friends and fellow performers Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor, and Colin Jacobsen, and also boundary-crossing composers Vijay Iyer and David Bruce, whose pieces Playlist for an Extreme Occasion and Cut the Rug highlight our latest album, A Playlist Without Borders. I'm proud of the way that Silkroad—in the concert hall, at Harvard University, and elsewhere—has helped to define the idea of cultural entrepreneurship and to make sure that the arts and the new ideas they bring are part of society's most important conversations. As we celebrate Silkroad’s 15th anniversary, we look forward to sharing some of the wonderful music that has resulted from our explorations at the edge.”
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) continues his filming in Turkey for a documentary in progress about the Silk Road Ensemble. In Mr. Neville’s words, The Sound of Silk will serve as a lens for larger questions about cultural identity in a global society, and the potential for individuals to act as catalysts for change. Like the ancient Silk Road itself, The Sound of Silk will make the foreign familiar while challenging long-held notions of identity and our place in the world.”
This summer Yo-Yo Ma gives solo, chamber, and orchestral performances across the United States, appearing at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Blossom Music Center, and Ravinia Festival.
Wolf Trap with National Symphony Orchestra
Visit the beautiful new The Silk Road Project website to find out what the group is doing with the arts & education!
Full Frame Program: Cellist Yo Yo Ma and 'passion driven' education from Jim Laurie on Vimeo.
We are excited to announce the broadcast premiere of The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood on Friday, May 9 at 9/8C on PBS!
Live from Tanglewood is The Silk Road Ensemble's first concert film, directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom). The performance was filmed in June 2012 at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts on the eve of the Silk Road Project's 15th Anniversary celebration.
Voice of America discusses the diverse musicality of Yo-Yo Ma's 31-piece Silk Road Ensemble including exclusive video footage from the Satellite Media tour. Click here for the full story.
Yo-Yo Ma lightened the holiday shopping mood last night with a beautiful pop-up concert along Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Click here to take a look at what bystanders and passersby had to say about the experience.
Thanks to Michael Huebner for a wonderful review of the sold-out Jemison Concert Hall performance in Birmingham. Check out his review here.
All Alabama sat down with Yo-Yo Ma to talk about music in this fast-changing world. Read the article and watch the video here.
Yahoo Music features the new video for "Ascending Bird," from the Silk Road Project's latest DVD, Live From Tanglewood. Watch this beautiful song performed live.
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