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Silk Road Ensemble. A fitting finale for Abu Dhabi Festival / The National

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"Falling in love is one of the few human rights that no one can take away," says clarinettist Kinan Azmeh from the stage at Emirates Palace, dedicating the Silk Road Ensemble's final piece to his fellow Syrians who have "managed to fall in love in the past six years". With that, the 13 musicians launch into Wedding, a joyous group extrapolation of the traditional folk melodies one might still hear at a village marriage ceremony, building into an ecstatic improvised coda that distils the very essence of the all-star group founded by celebrity cellist Yo-Yo Ma close to two ­decades ago.

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