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Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble at the Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles Times review

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The Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma's grandly all-encompassing world music band that seeks to find meeting points for musical traditions from China to Europe, has proved after 18 years to be the ever-curious cellist's most valuable project. Whether this group has managed to make an iota of difference in peace and understanding along the Silk Road might be answered with a glance at the headlines on any given day. They suggest that no one has been listening.

But the Silk Road Ensemble has nevertheless produced a legacy of sometimes bold polystylistic fusions - six albums' worth, along with the recent documentary film, "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble." Although the personnel shifts from project to project, no fewer than nine members of the ensemble who played the first L.A. appearance in Royce Hall in 2002 were on hand for its U.S. tour-ending gig Sunday night at Hollywood Bowl. That's more than half of the 17-person group.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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