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The Trans-Cultural World of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble / PRI: Echoes

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With President Trump's current world ban on Muslims entering to the US, it may leave musicians like Iranian composer Kayhan Kalhor and Syrian clarinet player Kinan Azmeh unable to reenter the United States. Both these musicians are key players in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

World fusion took on classical dimensions when Yo-Yo Ma formed his acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble. He brought together musicians and composers from around the world to create a new dialogue in a hybrid cultural sound. The Silk Road Ensemble is in its 16th year and its music horizons just keep getting broader.  Their new album, Sing Me Home features guest performances by guitarist Bill Frisell, banjoist Abigail Washburn, and African kora players Toumani Diabate and Balla Kouyate among eight others from around the world. In addition, there is a new documentary, The Music Of Strangers directed by Morgan Neville who won an Oscar for his film, 20 Feet From Stardom. It debuts on HBO on March 6. We get a few feet from a different kind of stardom with Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Johny Gandelsman and Wu Man of The Silk Road Ensemble. 

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble will be featured on PRI's ECHOES tomorrow, Thursday, February 23.