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Yo-Yo Ma | Silk Road - Sing Me Home / RootsWorld review

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Since its inception in 1998, the Silk Road Ensemble (SRE) has closely contended with musical universals. The Harvard-affiliated group led by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a sprawling cast of master musicians and composers from around the world that, according to its website, seeks to "connect the world through the arts." Sing Me Home makes a strong case for SRE's mission as the featured artists and the pieces they bring to the table originate from geographical sources on and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade route, including Macedonia, China, Galician Spain, Mali, Punjabi India, Syria, and the US. The album's liner notes, written by performers or composers of the songs, seek to personalize the creation and reception of the music, filling in gaps left by anticipated language and cultural barriers. Lyrics and English translations are provided where relevant.