The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
(Directed by Morgan Neville, USA, 2015, 96 minutes)
Saturday, May 28th at 3:30 PM – Shoreline Community College Theater
Sunday, May 29th at 7:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown
“We don’t speak perfect English, or perfect Chinese, or perfect Persian, but we speak perfect music language.” — Wu Man, The Silk Road Ensemble
The Silk Road is an ancient trade route dating all the way back to the Han Dynasty of China (206 BC – 220 AD), connecting China to Eastern Europe. While it was created to allow the transport of goods transcontinentally, it also resulted in an exchange of cultures.
Inspired by this Euro-Asia connection, in 2000, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma formed the musical collective The Silk Road Ensemble. The group features a rotating cast of about 60 musicians, across 20 different countries. And, much like the historic roadways across the continent, the music they create combines cultures, using instruments like a Chinese lute, a Japanese bamboo flute, a Mongolian horse head fiddle, and so much more.