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Watch Yo-Yo Ma Play A Moving Tribute To Going Home / NPR: All Things Considered

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Since it was founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma 16 years ago, the Silk Road Ensemble - an artistic collective comprised of master musicians and other artists from more than 20 countries, spanning the globe - has become an incubator for inspiring cross-cultural collaborations.

The group has also become the subject of a new documentary directed by filmmaker Morgan Neville, who won both an Oscar and a Grammy for his 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which chronicled the paths of five backup singers from some of rock's biggest hits. This film, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, chronicles both the evolution of the group and personal journeys of some of its members - several of whom who have endured life-shattering tragedies.

Earlier this week, Ma and Neville joined me at HBO's headquarters in New York for a special evening to mark the release, which included this brief but beautiful performance by the cellist and a screening of the film. As Ma told All Things Considered host Robert Siegel a life in music has provided him with avenues to traverse an incredible amount of terrain - artistic, intellectual and emotional.  LISTEN TO THE NPR SEGMENT