Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet

Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet

by Silk Road Ensemble


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Recorded as part of the ongoing Silk Road Project, Silk Road Journeys brings together composers from the elusive, ancient Silk Road that crosses from China to the Middle East with musicians from both West and East. It's both ambitious and daring, two qualities that have been trademarks of Yo-Yo Ma's career. For its modernity and mix of Asian and Western instruments, though, it hews close to tradition (and not merely on "Mongolian Traditional Long Song"), although the departure into the Italian Renaissance for "Chi Passa Per'sta Strada" makes for an interesting, more formal and graceful aid in the whole. But the multicultural Silk Road itself makes for a good metaphor for this album, with the sheng, an ancient form of mouth organ, alongside the cello on the traditional "Blue Little Flower," for example. While it might seem strange to find Michio Mamiya's "Five Finnish Folksongs" here, it makes sense; the Saami people of Finland were nomadic, and traveled as far as the Silk Road. But the instruments, from Wu Man's pipa to Joel Fan's piano, work together, whether on traditional or commissioned material, to create something that's challenging to both listeners and performers and offers a strong impression of the journeys of the past.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2012
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886975614721
catalogNumber: 756147
Rank: 20189

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Silk Road Ensemble   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma   Cello,Morin Khuur
Kayhan Kalhor   Setar
Yang Wei   Pipa
Siamak Aghaei   Santur
Shane Shanahan   Tabla
Khongorzul   Vocals
Joel Fan   Piano,Prepared Piano
Siamak Jahangiry   Ney
Wu Tong   Sheng

Technical Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Liner Notes
Fillippo Azzaiolo   Composer
Richard King   Engineer
Gus Skinas   Engineer
Theodore Levin   Liner Notes
Eva Reisinger   Liner Notes
Kayhan Kalhor   Composer
Tan Dun   Composer
Josee Begaud   Liner Note Translation
Cristin Bagnall   Executive Producer
Rachel Derkits   Editorial Coordinator
Li Cang Sang   Arranger
Persian Traditional   Composer
Chinese Traditional   Composer
Zhao Jiping   Composer
Mongolian Traditional   Composer
Esther Won   Executive Producer
Wu Tong   Arranger
Steven Epstein   Producer
Byambasuren Sharav   Composer
Michio Mamiya   Composer
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh   Composer

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