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Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble set for Abu Dhabi Festival / The National

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If you thought becoming a rocket scientist was hard, try being a percussion soloist. It is something American musician Joseph Gramely entertained for a hot five minutes in his youth, until he realised demand for percussion soloists wasn't exactly high. "Right now in the world, there may be less than you can name on one hand," he says. But, perhaps, fate did him a favour. Instead of forging a path on his own, he has embraced a collaboration. These days, the 56-year-old spends much of his time in his dual role of associate artistic director and performer with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble – which will perform alongside the celebrated cellist at the Emirates Palace Auditorium on Friday March 31 – as part of Abu Dhabi Festival.

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