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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble / PRI: The World

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PRI: The World 4/10/2016

Yo-Yo Ma doesn't wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them. The result? The Silk Road Ensemble, Ma's collective that promotes collaboration between artists from across cultures, disciplines and generations. The ensemble is profiled in the new documentary, "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble." The film opens in theaters starting June 10. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. It's directed by Morgan Neville, who is also behind the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom."

The Music of Strangers tells the story of the ensemble, which Ma started in 2000 as a way to connect artists from around the world. Today, the group performs and records music together, but also develops educational programs and facilitates connections between artists and organizations. "I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Ma says. "I'm surrounded by unbelievably great human beings, who also happen to be joyous and unbelievably talented. It's a crazy combination."

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