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The Silk Road Ensemble will Perform at globalFEST on January 8, 2012

Silkroad Ensemble
Silk Road Ensemble

The Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble will perform at 9 p.m. on January 8, 2012, at globalFEST, a premier annual showcase for international music in New York City. The Silk Road Ensemble is an international collective of musicians who take inspiration from the centuries of cultural exchange along the historical Silk Road that connected Asia and Europe. The Ensemble is the performing arm of the internationally minded Silk Road Project, an arts and educational nonprofit founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998. In sharing traditions from various cultures, the Silk Road Ensemble develops new music that explores and expands contemporary musical crossroads.

The Ensemble’s performance at globalFEST will feature 14 artists from six countries, and instruments from Western strings and world percussion to the gaita (Galician bagpipes), the tabla (Indian drums), the pipa (Chinese lute), the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and the sheng (Chinese mouth organ). The program will draw on global confluences and the traditions of Galicia, India, Persia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, Brazil, and the Mediterranean, as well as the music of the Roma people (gypsies).

The Ensemble first formed under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, and over the past 11 years has performed to critical acclaim with him throughout Asia, Europe and North America. The Ensemble has recorded five albums; the most recent recording, Off the Map, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011. The group’s performance at globalFEST will mark the outset of expanded Silk Road Ensemble concert touring.

Part of the annual Association for Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference, globalFEST 2012 will feature 12 groups of artists on three stages at the historic New York City nightclub Webster Hall, on East 11th Street at 3rd Avenue. Tickets for all 12 performances are available to the general public for $35 through November 24, 2011, and $40 through November 25, 2011. Ticketing information can be found on the globalFEST website.

Hyosung Corp. is Lead Sponsor of the Silk Road Project 2011-2014. Rolex is the Exclusive Partner of the Silk Road Project. MetLife Foundation is the Official 2011 Tour Sponsor of the Silk Road Project.

For more on future Silk Road Ensemble performances, visit the Silk Road Project calendar.

The Silk Road Ensemble at globalFEST 2012
Jeffrey Beecher, bass
Mike Block, cello
Nicholas Cords, viola
Sandeep Das, tabla
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Jonathan Gandelsman, violin
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Eric Jacobsen, cello
Cristina Pato, gaita
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi
Wu Man, pipa
Wu Tong, sheng

For more information on globalFEST 2012, visit their website.