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The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma: A Playlist without Borders
 
 
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Yo-Yo Ma, cello. The Silk Road Ensemble.
Label Masterworks
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 76'43/2013
UPC 888837109222
Daedalus Item Code 49108
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Described by the Boston Globe as "a kind of roving musical laboratory without walls," the groundbreaking Silk Road Ensemble continues to mix the modern and the traditional, breaking boundaries of ethnicity and era in their fifth celebration of world music. Drawing from the different cultures along the ancient trade route, Ma and his famed cohorts play such instruments as the tabla, gaita, kamancheh, pipa, and sheng.

"One of the 21st century's great ensembles."—Vancouver Sun

"The album opens with the eight-part 'Playlist for an Extreme Occasion,' composed by pianist Vijay Iyer. The title refers to the literary theorist and amateur classical pianist Edward W. Said's description of a classical performance—he asserted that an 'extreme occasion' was experiencing music written and played with an expertise that a select few ever achieve—as well as the concept of modern-day playlist, which also is referenced in the album's title…. This sense of playful exploration also informs the four-part 'Cut the Rug,' written by noted classical composer David Bruce. Referring to both the Central Asian rug-making tradition as well as the Western phrase for dancing, this piece is a cycle of play-fight-die-rebirth…. [The CD] also includes an elegant cello solo by Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun, played by Ma … and the evocative and multifaceted 'Atashgah' by Silk Road Ensemble violinist Colin Jacobsen. The album closes with the singular 'Briel,' written by avant-garde jazz icon John Zorn. The song's title refers to one of the Jewish angels invoked during childbirth."—Life Science Weekly

 
 
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