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Silk Road Ensemble: "Turceasca"

February 15, 2016

Grammy-winning Silk Road Ensemble display their eclectic convergence of violin, clarinet, bass, drums and more in this energetic rendition of the traditional Roma tune, "Turceasca."

Silk Road Ensemble - Musical explorers
With an eclectic repertoire spanning classical, improvisational and folk traditions from around the globe, the Silk Road Ensemble spins unique sounds that celebrate cultural solidarity. Full bio

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Silk Road Ensemble - Musical explorers
With an eclectic repertoire spanning classical, improvisational and folk traditions from around the globe, the Silk Road Ensemble spins unique sounds that celebrate cultural solidarity.

Why you should listen

Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. Since 2000, the Silk Road Ensemble has been at the core of Silkroad's work. Representing a global array of cultures, the Ensemble models new forms of cultural exchange through performances, workshops and residencies. The artists of the Ensemble draw on the rich tapestry of traditions from around the world that make up our many-layered contemporary identities, weaving together the foreign and familiar to create a new musical language.

The Ensemble performs throughout the world and has recorded six albums. "St. James Infirmary Blues" appears on its new album, Sing Me Home, which was developed and recorded alongside the new documentary feature The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville.

Silk Road Ensemble is: 

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass)
Johnny Gandelsman (violin)
Joseph Gramley (percussion)
Karen Ouzounian (cello)
Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi)
Michael Ward-Bergeman (accordion)
Reylon Yount (yangqin)
Evan Ziporyn (clarinet)

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