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Sandeep Das playing tabla, kneeling on a platform in front of schoolchildren at the Art Institute of Chicago


Unique Musical Experiences
Silk Road Ensemble member Sandeep Das (above) demonstrates the tabla to a group of schoolchildren at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Silk Road Project is committed to providing educational opportunities for audiences of all ages.


A small, industrious staff at a central office in Boston, Massachusetts, serves as the Silk Road Project administration. Many artists, scholars, researchers, producers and curators collaborate with and contribute their talents to the Project, resulting in a network of people connected through their shared commitment to creativity and learning.

Yo-Yo Ma, Artistic Director and Founder

Laura Freid, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Christopher Marrion, Deputy Director

Isabelle Hunter, Program Director

Cristin Canterbury Bagnall, Director of New Innovations and Strategic Planning

Ed Sweeney, Comptroller/Business Manager

Heidi Koelz, Communications Manager

Liz Keller-Tripp, Silk Road Project – Silk Road Ensemble Liaison

Lori Taylor, Education Specialist

Jessica Shuttleworth, Development Coordinator

Jennifer Nahn, Executive Assistant

“The arts can contribute to an international dialogue of peace. Our purpose is to promote these experiences.”