The Snow and Sleet Did Not Stop The Show! Averil Capers, Director of Marketing & Research for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Welcomed Silk Road Ensemble to Worcester. The T&G was media sponsor for this performance. The group had the audience on their feet several times during the program, giving extended applause and shouting.
The Silk Road Ensemble draws together distinguished performers and composers from more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Since the Ensemble formed under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, these innovative artists have eagerly explored contemporary musical crossroads.
Their approach is experimental and democratic, founded on collaboration and risk taking, on continual learning and sharing. Members explore and celebrate the multiplicity of approaches to music from around the world. They also develop new repertoire that responds to the multicultural reality of our global society.
"We live in a world of increasing awareness and interdependence, and I believe that music can act as a magnet to draw people together." - Yo-Yo Ma
The Silk Road Ensemble
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Mike Block, cello; Shawn Conley, bass; Nicholas Cords, Viola; Sandeep Das, tabla; Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Joseph Gramley, percussion; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh; Cristina Pato, gaita, piano; Shane Shanahan, percussion; Mark Suter, percussion; Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi; Wu Tong, sheng; Yang Wei, pipa
"With guides like these, who wouldn't want to play tourist down this particular stretch of road?" - WQXR