European tour with Silk Road Ensemble September 3 - 11
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).
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.”