‘If you haven’t seen this group perform live yet, you are seriously missing out.’
Hailed as one of the 21st Century’s great ensembles, Silkroad Ensemble are more than just a talented group of musicians. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma this Grammy Award-winning collective are renowned for creating music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. An evening with the Silkroad Ensemble promises to be a transformative experience.
Silkroad musicians and composers hail from more than 20 countries, drawing on a rich tapestry of traditions to create a new musical language — a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects the many-layered identities of our contemporary world. Traditional instruments from Armenia, Mongolia and Japan share the stage with those of the Western classical tradition.
As opposed to a fixed group, the ensemble is composed of a dynamic array of members from across the globe who come together to present never-to-be-repeated events. Powerful virtuosity, cultural nuance and a unique melding of compositional styles make their outstanding performances more than the sum of their parts.
Perth film lovers voted The Music of Strangers their favourite film of our 2017 Lotterywest Films program – now music lovers can see this legendary ensemble perform live in Perth for the first time.
CRISTINA PATO, WU TONG Fanfare for Gaita and Suona
MARK SUTER Weavings
TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE, ARR. EVAN ZIPORYN Wounded Soldier
MIKE BLOCK Iniche Cosibe
SANDEEP DAS Vaishnavi
WU TONG, SANDEEP DAS Vairocana
MILES DAVIS: Blue in Green
TRADITIONAL GALICIAN, ARR. EDWARD PEREZ Tanguillo
TRADITIONAL GALICIAN, ARR. EDWARD PEREZ Joropo-Festejo
SANDEEP DAS, KAYHAN KALHOR Jugalbandi
TRADITIONAL CHINESE AND KAZAKH, ARR. ZHAO LIN Yanzi (Swallow Song)
JOHN ZORN, ARR. SILKROAD Suite from Book of Angels
Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia
Images: Max Whittaker
The Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the group has been called ‘vibrant and virtuosic’ by the Wall Street Journal, ‘one of the 21st century’s great ensembles’ by the Vancouver Sun and a ‘roving musical laboratory without walls’ by the Boston Globe.
Silkroad musicians appear in many configurations and settings, from intimate groups of two and three in museum galleries to rousing complements of 18 in concert halls, public squares and amphitheatres. Off the stage they lead professional development and musician training workshops, create residency programs in schools, museums, and communities and experiment with new media and genres to share Silkroad’s approach to radical cultural collaboration.
Silkroad musicians and composers hail from more than 20 countries, drawing on a rich tapestry of traditions to create a new musical language — a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities. As the Los Angeles Times has said, Silkroad’s ‘vision of international cooperation is not what we read in our daily news reports. Theirs is the better world available if we, like these extraordinary musicians, agree to make it one.’
The Silkroad Ensemble has performed in more than 100 cities in over 30 countries and recorded seven albums. Its 2016 release Sing Me Home won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The Music of Strangers, a documentary about the Ensemble directed by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and was released worldwide in 2016.
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