The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma's Europe Concert Tour Will Include Performances in Izmir, Istanbul, Paris, Amsterdam, and Luxembourg

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma's Europe Concert Tour Will Include Performances in Izmir, Istanbul, Paris, Amsterdam, and Luxembourg

From September 3 through September 11, 2014, the critically acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble will travel to Europe for a concert tour with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bringing their unique border-crossing musical experience to audiences in Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; Paris; Amsterdam; and Luxembourg. This tour marks the first performances by the group in Turkey and Luxembourg. A full tour schedule with information for individual concerts is available on the Silkroad website.

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In Istanbul, the Ensemble will be joined by Aynur, a celebrated Turkish singer of Kurdish ancestry, who will be a special guest vocalist for the world premiere of Kayhan Kalhor's Layers of Loneliness. Mr. Kalhor's new work incorporates folk melodies and improvisation based on three Kurdish poems about love, loss, and the longing to find a loved one.

"One of my favorite things about the Silk Road Ensemble," said Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Founder and Artistic Director, "is the way we introduce each other to music and musicians whose work we are passionate about. In programming concerts, we hope to extend our own experience of curiosity and collaboration to our audiences, both familiar and new. In Europe, we will revisit old favorites as well as newer music: from our friends and fellow performers Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor, and Colin Jacobsen, and also boundary-crossing composers Vijay Iyer and David Bruce, whose pieces "Playlist for an Extreme Occasion" and "Cut the Rug" highlight our latest album, A Playlist Without Borders. I'm proud of the way that Silkroadin the concert hall, at Harvard University, and elsewherehas helped to define the idea of cultural entrepreneurship and to make sure that the arts and the new ideas they bring are part of society's most important conversations. As we celebrate Silkroad's 15 th anniversary, we look forward to sharing some of the wonderful music that has resulted from our explorations at the edge."

Silk Road Ensemble Musicians on This Tour
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet (Syria)
Jeffrey Beecher, bass (USA)
Mike Block, cello (USA)
Nicholas Cords, viola (USA)
Sandeep Das, tabla (India)
Haruka Fujii, percussion (Japan)
Johnny Gandelsman, violin (Israel/Russia)
Joseph Gramley, percussion (USA)
Colin Jacobsen, violin (USA)
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh (Iran)
Yo-Yo Ma, cello (USA)
Cristina Pato, gaita, piano (Spain)
Shane Shanahan, percussion (USA)
Mark Suter, percussion (Switzerland/USA)
Wu Man, pipa (China)
Wu Tong, sheng, bawu, suona (China)

Filming for a documentary in progress about the Ensemble will continue in Turkey, led by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom). In Mr. Neville's words, "The Sound of Silk will serve as a lens for larger questions about cultural identity in a global society, and the potential for individuals to act as catalysts for change. Like the ancient Silk Road itself, The Sound of Silk, will make the foreign familiar while challenging long-held notions of identity and our place in the world."