“One of the 21st century’s great ensembles.” Vancouver Sun
A grand odyssey around the world by one of music’s greatest ensembles
The virtuoso collective Silkroad Ensemble, founded by superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma^, is inspired by the colours of the world and the rich musical language borne from our cultural differences.
Its Grammy Award winning music is a vibrant, passionate and ecstatic celebration of global artistic traditions, performed by outstanding contemporary musicians representing dozens of nationalities and instrumental disciplines.
Universally famous in its own right, this dynamic, ever-evolving group is composed of international artists who unite to present unique, never-to-be-repeated concerts. Converging centuries, continents and cultures, its repertoire will bring together traditional Vietnamese, Chinese and Kazakh music; Finnish folk song; jugalbandi (Indian classical); popular jazz; and much more.
Silkroad Ensemble artists appearing at QPAC Thursday, 7 March:
- Jeffrey Beecher
- Mike Block
- Sandeep Das
- Nora Fischer
- Mario Gotoh
- Cristina Pato
- Shane Shanahan
- Mark Suter
- Wu Tong
Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalisation resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognising in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in a radical experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the benefits of a more connected world.
Today, these Grammy Award winning artists seek and practice radical cultural collaboration in many forms, creating and presenting new music, teacher and musician training workshops, and residency programs in schools, museums, and communities. Silkroad has recorded seven albums. Sing Me Home, which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album, was developed and recorded alongside the documentary feature The Music of Strangers, from Oscar winning director Morgan Neville.
A privilege to see and even more beautiful to hear, Silkroad Ensemble’s maiden Queensland performance in QPAC’s Concert Hall will be a night to remember.
^Please note: Yo-Yo Ma will not be appearing.
“[A] roving musical laboratory without walls.” Boston Globe
“Exhilarating … one big joyful jam.” Herald-Tribune
Photographer: Liz Linder
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