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Yo-Yo Ma | Silk Road Ensemble - The Music of Strangers / FLICKDIRECT

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Music is a universal language we all speak.  Regardless of what religion you are or where you live in the world, the idea of music is woven into the fabric of culture and everyday life.  Granted, the style of music can vary from country to country, religion to religion, friend to friend, but the idea of music can be heard worldwide.  This very concept is explored in the new documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

A movie 15 years (or more) in the making, it takes a look at various musicians, their heritages, backgrounds, cultures, instruments and the blending of all these factors to make a hybrid sound that can appeal to many.  It brings together the well-known idea that music can inspire, heal and unite. The movie opens with a look at Yo-Yo Ma, the cello child prodigy who has lived most of his life in the musical spotlight.  In 2000 he brought together a variety of musicians from all over the world for a workshop in Massachusetts without a clear objective in mind.  What emerged was a seedling of an idea that has simmered over the past 16 years.

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