“Silk Road”Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
   Contemporary Music    Showing time:2007/10/5 ,19:30
Silk Road Suite
Arabian Waltz – Rabih Abou-Khalil
Sacred Cloud Music – Zhao Jiping
Turceasca – Osvaldo Golijov
Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur – Kayhan Kalhor
Wine Madness – Wu Tong
Swallow Song – Zhao Lin
Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain – Angel Lam
Ambush from Ten Sides – Wu Tong
The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing a new concerto, revisiting a familiar work from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring musical forms outside of the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.
Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, each fueled by the artists’ interactions. One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication, and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas, across a range of cultures throughout the world.
Expanding upon this interest, Mr. Ma established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. By examining the flow of ideas throughout this vast area, the Project seeks to illuminate the heritages of the Silk Road countries and identify the voices that represent these traditions today.  The Project’s major activities have included the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival; an ongoing series of residencies at major museums; a Tanglewood/Carnegie Hall training workshop with the Silk Road Ensemble and master musicians from Azerbaijan, China, India and Iran; and the development of a soundtrack to accompany “Silk Road 2005,”a flagship program created by Japanese broadcast company NHK to celebrate their 80th anniversary. The soundtrack will be released worldwide on Sony Classical as a follow up to “Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet.”
Mr. Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. In addition to the standard concerto repertoire, Mr. Ma has recorded many of the large body of works that he has commissioned or premiered. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, including “Hush” with Bobby McFerrin, “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, “Obrigado Brazil” and “Obrigado Brazil – Live in Concert.”   Mr. Ma’s most recent recordings include “Paris: La Belle époque,” with pianist Kathryn Stott, and “Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon,” with the Silk Road Ensemble; he also appears on John Williams’ soundtrack for Rob Marshall’s film “Memoirs of a Geisha.” Across the full range of releases Mr. Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field.
Yo-Yo Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students—musicians and non-musicians alike.
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age 4 and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006) and the Sonning Prize (2006).  Mr. Ma and his wife have two children.  He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.
Silk Road Ensemble
Central to the Silk Road Project is the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of internationally renowned artists and musicians interested in exploring the relationship between tradition and innovation in music from the East and West.  Nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition, the Silk Road Ensemble is committed to artistic excellence and regularly commissions new works.  The Ensemble has reached thousands of people at sold-out performances throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Partnering with other institutions to present musical, visual and narrative traditions from along the Silk Road, the Silk Road Project engages audiences and diverse communities throughout the United States and the world through performances, educational programs, as well residencies in universities, colleges, museums and schools. 
Exploring themes of cultural connectedness is fundamental to all our educational programs.  The Silk Road Project is affiliated with Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design, where the Ensemble collaborates with students and faculty as artists in residence.
Through our passion for education and a wish to inspire self-motivated learning, we hope to create a dialogic process wherein learning and teaching are the same.  We believe in knowing things deeply, in sharing ideas broadly, and in stimulating individuals and institutions to collaborate and to think in new ways.