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Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble: Bio

Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in a radical experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the benefits of a more connected world.

Today, these Grammy Award-winning artists seek and practice radical cultural collaboration in many forms, creating and presenting new music, teacher and musician training workshops, and residency programs in schools, museums, and communities.

Silkroad has recorded seven albums. Sing Me Home, which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album was developed and recorded alongside the documentary feature The Music of Strangers, from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville.

Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble

A Playlist Without Borders

Sony Masterworks

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1 Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Part Zero
2 Part One
3 Part Two
4 Part Three
5 Part Four
6 Part Five
7 Cristina's Interlude
8 Part Six
9 Night Thoughts
10 Saidi Swing
11 Allegretto from Partita, Op. 31, for Cello Solo
12 Atashgah
13 Cut The Rug: Drag The Goat
14 CTR: Bury The Hatchet
15 CTR: Move The Earth
16 CTR: Wake The Dead
17 Briel
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The Silk Road Project has been on a mission to promote innovation and cross-cultural understanding through the arts for the last 15 years. The newest chapter comes with the Sony Masterworks release of the new album A Playlist Without Borders from the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. This is the groundbreaking group's fifth recording and first since 2009's Grammy-nominated Off the Map. The deluxe edition includes the CD and a DVD, Live from Tanglewood, featuring live concert footage of two performances on June 22nd and 24th, 2012, at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, as well as insightful and intimate behind-the-scenes interviews with the musicians.

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