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Silkroad Ensemble

Bio

“The Silkroad is as American as it is possible to get in spirit, even as many of the players are from elsewhere; for what is more American than the gathering of influences from disparate areas of the globe to create something unique and fantastic.” — Rhiannon Giddens

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in a radical experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the benefits of a more connected world.

As a social-impact organization and home to a Grammy Award-winning musical ensemble, Silkroad works to inspire collaboration in innovative ways that add more equity and justice into the world through the power of the arts. Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad reaches new heights through a commitment to new music, a re-sparked mission towards cultural collaboration, and a reinvigorated focus to high-quality arts education that both reflects its mission and the times in which we live.

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Tour Dates

Aug 06 2024
Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop Performance Festival 2024
Boston, MA
Nov 07 2024
American Railroad: Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
Chicago, IL
Nov 08 2024
American Railroad: Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
Ann Arbor, MI
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Nov 10 2024
American Railroad: Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
Nashville, TN
Nov 16 2024
Candler Concert Series: American Railroad, Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
Atlanta, GA
Nov 17 2024
American Railroad: Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
Athens, GA
Nov 19 2024
American Railroad: Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
Charleston, SC
Jan 25 2025
Silkroad Presents: Percussion All-Stars
Fairfax, VA

News

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