Silkroad Ensemble

April 9, 2018

Venue Matthews Theatre


Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble returns to McCarter. The renowned cellist serves as its Artistic Director, directly overseeing the engagement of its participants and the details of every program. While its members change from year to year, they hail from more than 20 countries along the routes of the ancient Silk Road, a series of land and sea trade routes crisscrossing Eurasia from Japan to the Mediterranean Sea. Most are musicians, but there are also storytellers and visual artists among them; their voices and their instruments (kamancheh, gaita, shakuhachi, pipa, sheng, and bawu), which all support Yo-Yo Ma’s goal: to maintain the integrity of art rooted in authentic traditions while nourishing global connections.

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Jeffrey Beecher, bass
Nicholas Cords, viola
Sandeep Das, tabla
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Christina Pato, Galician bagpipes, piano
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi
Wu Man, pipa
TBA – violin
TBA – cello