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Yo Yo Ma - Silk Road: The Music of Strangers plays SF Film Festivals / San Francisco Classical Voice

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Two major film festivals coming up in San Francisco offer lots of music and dance. The 59th S.F. International Film Festival runs April 21–May 5, and the 21st S.F. Silent Film Festival, June 2–5. The International Festival has moved from the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in Japantown to the spectacular new Alamo Drafthouse Mission Theater and restaurant complex for the first time. Yo Yo Ma and Silk Road featured in The Music of Strangers (Morgan Neville, US, 2015), will play at 6:30 p.m., May 3, New Mission; 4 p.m., May 5, BAMPFA. 

Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, initially drawn from the Central Asian "Silk Road" countries and regions of China, India, Iran, and the Arabian Peninsula includes talents from all over the globe. Footage from the film includes scenes from Ma's career, including his performance as a seven-year-old prodigy in the White House, as well as the backstories of such ensemble members as Damascus-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh; Iranian exile and acclaimed kamancheh player, Kayhan Kalhor; Wu Man, master of the Chinese stringed instrument, the pipa; and Spanish bagpiper Cristina Pato, known as "the Jimi Hendrix of Galicia."

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