#3041: Silk Road Ensemble and Side Roads

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Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble explored the music of the famed trade route, and for this New Sounds program, we’ll follow some of the side roads, featuring musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble.  Hear from Japanese composer and shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, who incorporates both traditional instruments and technology into his work.   We’ll hear one of Umezaki’s compositions, performed by Brooklyn Rider (also musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble.)

Also, there's the piece, “Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain” by Angel Lam, featuring marimba and shakuhachi.  Plus, music by pianist Gabriela Lena Frank, a composer of both Chinese/Peruvian and Jewish/Lithuanian descent whose multicultural heritage is reflected in her works.  We’ll hear her “Anchino Rhythms,” which features charango, a small mandolin-like instrument adopted by the Indians that can sound very similar to the Chinese pipa.  And more.

PROGRAM # 3041, Silk Road and Service Roads (First aired on Tues., 02/23/10)





Silk Road Ensemble

Off the Map

Angel Lam: Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain: Rain [7:24] Gabriela Lena Frank: Ritmos Anchinos: Charangos de Chincha [5:19]

World Village 468095 www.worldvillagemusic.com

Brooklyn Rider

Dominant Curve

Kojiro Umezaki: (Cycles) what falls must rise [13:23]

In a Circle Records 003 www.inacirclerecords.com *

Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi

Rainbow: Music of Central Asia vol. 8

Qashlarin Kamandir [9:54]

Due out March 30, 2010
Smithsonian Folkways 9628
www.folkways.si.edu *

Yo Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon

Kayhan Kalhor: Mountains Are Far Away [6:00]

Sony #93962**
www.sonyclassical.com *

Wu Man

Live, World Financial Center, Bang on a Can Marathon 2009

Night Thoughts, excerpt [2:30]

This recording not commercially available. Wu Man’s wesite is www.wumanpipa.org