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The Silk Road Ensemble

15th Anniversary Year

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 | 8:00 pm
Vancouver Playhouse
Map & Directions

Weaving together the legacies of traditional and contemporary musical ideas with searing spontaneity and superb craftsmanship, The Silk Road Ensemble offers an East-meets-West multicultural feast for the senses. With a totally unique and energetic flare, this collective of musicians, drawn from a group of 60 distinguished performers and composers from over 20 countries, performs with the central purpose to share and celebrate the music of the world.

“To see the ensemble live is to see music-making the way it ought to be: collaborative, earnest, and, above all, joyful. In a word: delectable.” -The Georgia Straight


Silk Road Suite
Caronte (Cristina Pato)
Saidi Swing (Shane Shanahan)
Arabian Waltz (Rabih Abou-Khalil, arr. Ljova)

Atashgah (Colin Jacobsen)
Commissioned by the Laguna Beach Music Festival for Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider and premiered in 2011.

Celtíbera (Mike Block and Cristina Pato)

Empty Mountain Spirit Rain (Angel Lam)
Commissioned by Carnegie Hall through The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the Silk Road Project, Inc. The world premiere was given at Carnegie Hall, New York City on September 16, 2006.

Jugalbandi (Sandeep Das and Kayhan Kalhor)

Suite from ‘Book of Angels’ (John Zorn, arr. Silk Road Ensemble)
Arrangements commissioned by the Silk Road Project


Learn more about The Silk Road Project.


The Silk Road Ensemble draws together distinguished performers and composers from more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Since the Ensemble formed under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, these innovative artists have eagerly explored contemporary musical crossroads.

Their approach is experimental and democratic, founded on collaboration and risk taking, on continual learning and sharing. Members explore and celebrate the multiplicity of approaches to music from around the world. They also develop new repertoire that responds to the multicultural reality of our global society.

The Silk Road Ensemble has performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe and North America and has  recorded five albums. The most recent, Off the Map, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011.

This performance is generously supported by



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