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The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma | The Silk Road Ensemble / EdgeMediaNetwork

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Morgan Neville follows up his 2014 Academy Awarding-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom" with "The Music of Strangers: The Silk Road Project," a documentary about cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his visionary group the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of over 60 musicians, composers, teachers and cultural entrepreneurs from around the world.

For decades, Ma has captivated millions with his virtuosity on the concert stage, brilliant recordings and as a leading figure in classical music winning every industry accolade. Ma's legendary career is the backdrop to Neville's portrait, but the filmmaker's more compelling focus is on Ma's search for artistic fulfillment and the need to explore new creative realms. He reveals the driven, private artist and his endless mission to bring together a borderless world of music.

Neville catches Ma's self-effacing backstage comments as he listens to an announcer laud his achievements as a superstar musician, who was first introduced to the world on television by Leonard Bernstein at age 7. Ma admits that he "didn't particularly pursue music. I fell into it." A child prodigy, anyone who heard him perform baroque repertory, particularly Bach, recognized that they are hearing a virtuosic talent. Despite such an auspicious start, famed composer-teacher Leon Kushner told the young Ma that, while he was a technically brilliant player, he "hadn't found his voice."

Ma found his voice, and the voices of many, when he formed The Silk Road Project in 2000. Since then they have changed the musical landscape with explorations of ancient music, instruments and a global realm of musical fusion. The documentary follows the musicians as they create material on tour for their 2016 recording, "Sing Me Home." Neville also tells the story of many of the musicians, who in fact have had to leave their home countries because of repression or conflict.

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