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In one of many memorable scenes in The Music of Strangers, world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble put on a flash show in front of the harbour wall in Istanbul. The Silk Road Ensemble is a group of virtuoso musicians from various European and Asian traditions; together, they merge the sound of the Chinese pipa into a Romany reel, the double bass into a Lebanese waltz.

People gather immediately to clap along. Some are dancing. "Istanbul is already a city where Europe meets Asia," says Morgan Neville, who filmed several of these pop-up concerts for The Music of Strangers. "And they play with such a joy that is so communicable, people get it right away. Somebody came up to Yo-Yo afterwards and said 'do you guys play weddings'?"

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