- September 4, 2014
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.”
- August 1, 2014
This summer Yo-Yo Ma gives solo, chamber, and orchestral performances across the United States, appearing at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Blossom Music Center, and Ravinia Festival.
Yo-Yo Ma’s summer performances begin August 2, when he guests with the National Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, led by Thomas Wilkins. The concert takes place at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Tanglewood Festival on August 7 for a recital of chamber music with pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Leonidas Kavakos. The all-Brahms program comprises the composer’s Second Sonata in F Major for Piano and Cello, as well as Brahms’s B Major Piano Trio. Three days later on August 10, Ma joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by David Zinman, for a concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Andante cantabile for cello and orchestra. The August 10 concert, which begins at 2:30pm ET, will be broadcast live by WMNR on the radio and on the web. Check your local listings here.
On Saturday, August 8, Yo-Yo Ma appears with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, at the ensemble's summer home in Saratoga Springs, New York for a concert that includes Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
Yo-Yo Ma then heads west for a recital of solo Bach at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre on August 12. Ma continues his West Coast performances with a return to the Hollywood Bowl on August 14, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.
The American cellist’s summer season concludes with two performances in the Midwest. First on August 16, Ma takes the stage of the Blossom Music Center, where he reprises Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra led by Jahja Ling. Then on August 21, Ma appears at the Ravinia Festival with The Knights, soloing with the orchestral collective in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra.
- May 20, 2014Yo-Yo Ma discusses the changing tides in the world of music and what it means to him in this video.
Watch the full program with host Mike Walter here.
- May 9, 2014
We are excited to announce the broadcast premiere of The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood on Friday, May 9 at 9/8C on PBS!
Live from Tanglewood is The Silk Road Ensemble's first concert film, directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom). The performance was filmed in June 2012 at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts on the eve of the Silk Road Project's 15th Anniversary celebration.
Live from Tanglewood is a musical journey around the world with incredible performances from Yo-Yo and the Ensemble, background interviews, behind-the-scenes excerpts, and surprising offstage moments.
Mark your calendar for May 9 and check your local PBS listings for more details.
- January 13, 2014