- February 18, 2015
On February 24, Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong guest with conductor Long Yu and the New York Philharmonic for the U.S. premiere of Zhao Lin’s Duo, a double concerto for cello and sheng, as part of the orchestra’s Lunar New Year celebration. The sheng is a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument comprised of 17 bamboo pipes.
"One evening Wu Tong presented me with a beautiful melody, ‘Swallow Song’, a love song heard on both sides of the border between China and Kazakhstan,” says Ma. "The next morning, composer Zhao Lin had made an exquisite version for voice and cello of such sensitivity and taste, I thought maybe one day he might be willing to write a piece for Wu Tong and me – the result is this Double Concerto ‘Duo'."
- February 6, 2015
As part of their 15th anniversary celebration, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble embark on an American tour that takes this lab of musical explorers to New York City (February 19, 20, 21), Pittsburgh (February 25), Chapel Hill (February 27), Washington, DC (March 1), Boston (March 4) and Chicago (March 6).
In New York City, Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble join Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for three performances (February 19, 20, 21), which are highlighted by Osvaldo Golijov's Rose of the Winds with the Ensemble alongside the orchestra. While in New York City, the Silk Road Ensemble and Ma will also participate in an open rehearsal on February 19. In Chapel Hill on February 26, Ma and members of the Ensemble will take part in a public conversation moderated by Emil Kang.
"I am so excited to have the opportunity to tour once again with the Silk Road Ensemble this spring,” says Silkroad’s Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma. "The Silk Road Ensemble demonstrates different approaches to exploring world traditions in a way that—through collaboration, flexible thinking, and disciplined imagination—allows each to flourish and evolve within its own frame. I also consider the Ensemble a lab for culture—for sharing, for being curious, and for finding connections and building trust. Openness is a choice, and I am grateful to my fellow performers for having made it their choice.”
- January 14, 2015
On January 31, 2015, Yo-Yo Ma joins the the Florida Orchestra and conductor Tito Muñoz for a gala concert featuring Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. The sold-out performance also includes the composer’s Carnival Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol.
- January 14, 2015
- January 9, 2015
Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is now accepting applications for its inaugural session, June 8 - 12, 2015. The mission of Silkroad's GMW is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices.
In addition to Yo-Yo Ma’s participation in select activities, the artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block. GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a unique range of backgrounds, including Sarah Jarosz (American folk), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), and Mike Block (multi-style strings).
GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University/conservatory students as well as professional performers/teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles will be accepted.
- December 4, 2014
Yo-Yo Ma will speak about cultural citizens and why culture matters in three lectures this December. In his talks and musical demonstrations, he will address the vital role of culture and the arts and sciences in our society and the ways in which each of us can come together to work as "cultural citizens.”
The first lecture takes place on December 5 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. On December 9, Ma speaks in Sacramento, California, at Memorial Auditorium as part of the Sacramento Speakers Series. Ma will deliver his final lecture on December 10 in Berkeley, California, at Zellerbach Hall as part of the Berkeley Talks series.