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Yo-Yo Ma - Silk Road Ensemble shine in 'The Music of Strangers' / The Boston Globe

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A little more than 15 minutes into "The Music of Strangers," a new documentary by director Morgan Neville about Yo-Yo Ma and his pan-cultural Silk Road Project, the world-famous cellist is seen addressing an audience, TED Talk-style. He's recounting a high-profile 1980s interview, during which he'd been asked what his next project might be. "Casting about for something, anything, I said that I had always been fascinated by - guess what? - the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert," Ma tells the audience - and, in an inserted flashback, Charlie Rose, his original interrogator. Eyes wide, Ma shrugs theatrically. "Yeah," he adds, acknowledging how unlikely his youthful aspiration had seemed.

Moments later, Ma is jamming with Kalahari Bushmen, engaging joyously in an encounter that few classical-music superstars likely would have contemplated, let alone undertaken.  READ THE FULL Boston Globe ARTICLE