Yo-Yo Ma with The Silk Road Ensemble Collection

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The Silk Road Ensemble has performed in more than 25 countries, in venues ranging from concert halls to stadiums to museum galleries throughout the world, from New York's Carnegie Hall to Shanghai Stadium. The Silk Road Ensemble performs both traditional music and newly commissioned works. Much of the Ensemble's repertoire reflects the multicultural reality of many contemporary composers' and musicians' lives.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is the artistic director of the Silk Road Project, a nonprofit artistic, cultural and educational organization founded by him in 1998. Yo-Yo Ma regularly performs with the Silk Road Ensemble.

Silk Road Ensemble Performances (some videos in HD)

Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma talks about taking creativity seriously and how learning can be meaningful and memorable. Footage includes Silk Road Ensemble educational workshops and performances.

A live recording of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma performing the U.S. national anthem at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 2009. This piece was played with Western strings, pipa, shakuhachi and percussion as part of an inaugural celebration concert hosted by The New Republic.

Silk Road Ensemble Interviews

The Silk Road Ensemble presents performances that explore the relationship between tradition and innovation in music from the East and West. In these interviews, Ensemble members discuss their instruments and their experiences with other artists from around the world through the Silk Road Project.

Workshops with Students

The Silk Road Project leads Creating a Life with Music workshops designed to engage young musicians in the discovery of their own musical voices and in the investigation of what it means to be a musician in todays global culture. The Project also custom-designs workshops with music students and proponents of traditional music around the world as a vehicle to learn about each others musical and cultural traditions. Reciprocal workshops have been conducted in Azerbaijan, China and the United States and are planned in India in January 2009.

Museum Residencies

The Silk Road Project has conducted residencies at museums around the world. Ensemble members spend from a week to several months in close partnership with a host institution, giving gallery performances, demonstrations and workshops. These collaborations forge connections between music, art, culture and the scholarship of a range of disciplines. Museum residencies have taken place at the Peabody Essex Museum (Massachusetts, U.S.), Nara National Museum (Nara, Japan), Rubin Museum of Art (New York City, U.S.), Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, U.S.) and Museum Rietberg (Zurich, Switzerland).

Silk Road Chicago

Silk Road Chicago was a yearlong, citywide celebration inspired by the art and culture of the historic Silk Road. A collaboration among the Silk Road Project, the City of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute of Chicago, Silk Road Chicago took place from June 2006 - June 2007 and included hundreds of events throughout the city. These videos document performances, residencies and workshops by the Silk Road Ensemble.

"Vocussion" & "Night at the Caravanserai" from the album "New Impossibilities"
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

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