Episode #3041

Silk Road Ensemble and Side Roads

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

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

Brooklyn Rider

Dominant Curve

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

In a Circle Records 003 *

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 *

Yo Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon

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

Sony #93962** *

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

Comments [2]

New Sounds Asst.

The audio will be posted by noon today. Usually we post the audio by noon the next business day. As for a podcast of this show, there is not one available. Due to multiple music rights issues, we only offer a bi-weekly podcast, which consists of works for which we are able to obtain clearances. Thanks for listening.

May. 29 2012 10:25 AM
Sandra Ospina

How do I listen to this program I have sent myself the link abut where is the podcast or program itself to listen to

May. 28 2012 12:47 AM

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