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A Playlist Without Borders / Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble [CD & DVD]

Silk Road Ensemble / Ma,Yo-yo
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 375715   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vijay IyerWu ManShane ShanahanAhmed Adnan Saygun,   ... 
Performer:  Wu ManMark SuterShane ShanahanSandeep Das,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project has been on a mission to promote innovation and cross-cultural understanding through the arts for the last 15 years. The newest chapter comes with the Sony Masterworks release of the new album A Playlist Without Borders.

The vision of Yo-Yo Ma's limitless collective, the Silk Road Ensemble, is as timely as ever: to connect the world's neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences. From flashy surf guitar sounds to ninth century Chinese poetry, from modular playlists to Egyptian rhythms, the Silk Road Ensemble mixes the modern and the traditional, breaking boundaries of ethnicity and era. A Playlist Without Borders demonstrates once again that there are no barriers for those approaching
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This deluxe edition includes a DVD, Live from Tanglewood, featuring live concert footage of two performances on June 22nd and 24th, 2012, at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, as well as insightful and intimate behind-the-scenes interviews with the musicians.

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REVIEW:

Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble has continued to develop its intercultural ways, exploring the cultures along the trade routes (maritime as well as land-based) that stretched for centuries from the Mediterranean world to China and even beyond. (The Silk Road brought Indian culture and later the Islamic faith to Indonesia, and one hopes that the group might someday take up that musically fascinating culture, so well suited to its syncretic way of thinking.) Ma has had the pleasure of seeing his creation gradually become more independent; he appears on several pieces but takes a starring role only once or twice. Generally he leaves the spotlight to the young players of the Silk Road Ensemble, whose trademark combination of enthusiasm and precision is on full display throughout. Sample the incredible intensity in the final Briel, taken from from John Zorn's Book of Angels and further arranged by the ensemble itself. The program includes a general mix that typifies the group's genre- and border-crossing ways, with highlights including a suite by MacArthur "genius grant" winner Vijay Iyer and the Central Asian gypsy jazz of David Bruce's Cut the Rug.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Playlist for an Extreme Occasion by Vijay Iyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
2.
Night Thoughts by Wu Man
Performer:  Wu Man (Pipa)
3.
Saidi Swing by Shane Shanahan
Performer:  Mark Suter (Percussion), Shane Shanahan (Percussion), Sandeep Das (Tabla),
Joseph Gramley (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
4.
Partita for Cello solo, Op. 31: Allegretto by Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
5.
Atashgah by Colin Jacobsen
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
6.
Cut the Rug by David Bruce
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
7.
Briel by John Zorn
Performer:  Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (Oud)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Notes: Arrangement: Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 outstanding May 23, 2017 By gijs veling (Kaeo, Northland) See All My Reviews "this CD and DVD are outstanding value and beautifully recorded. You can hear, feel and see the fun and respect the players have for Yo-Yo Ma and each other. I look forward to seeing other DVD's of the Tanglewood performances." Report Abuse
 Unbelievable, fantastic music and players July 16, 2014 By Donald S. (Denver, CO) See All My Reviews "Certainly different..cultures, instruments, music and musicans and sounds. NOT TO BE MISSED." Report Abuse
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