Fragments: Silkroad Returns


Fragments: Silkroad Returns



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Pairs of Silkroad artists collaborated over the course of a month from a distance – sometimes across continents - to create brand new works. Yet another avenue for Silkroad to build bridges across traditions, these brief works are both a reflection of life in the time of a global pandemic and a celebration of creativity that brings us together. Join the artists in a lively conversation as they share high quality video of their creations and reflect on drawing inspiration from city soundscapes and elaborate knotwork of Celtic and Armenian traditions, on letting go and the therapeutic process of creating together.

Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, the Grammy award-winning Silkroad Ensemble has been at the core of Silkroad’s work to advance global understanding, deepen learning, and promote cross-cultural collaboration. These artists represent dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States, and draw on a rich tapestry of traditions from around the world to create a new musical language that weaves together the foreign and the familiar. The Ensemble appears in many configurations and settings, from intimate groups of two and three in museum galleries to rousing complements of eighteen in concert halls, public squares, and amphitheaters.

The Silkroad Ensemble performs throughout the world, and has recorded seven albums. "Sing Me Home," which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album was developed and recorded alongside the documentary feature "The Music of Strangers," from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville.

Moderated by Mark Freeman, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society

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world music, visual art, collaboration, creative process, ATB HomeStage


Film and Media Studies | Music | Theatre and Performance Studies


Part of Fall 2020 series ATB HomeStage.

Fragments: Silkroad Returns