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Silk Road Project Residencies at Museums and Universities

2010-2015
 Harvard University
2009-2010
 American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
2007
 Museum Rietberg (Switzerland)
2007
 University of California, Santa Barbara
2006-2007
 Art Institute of Chicago
2006-2007
 University of Chicago
2006
 Rubin Museum of Art
(New York, NY)
2005-2010
 Rhode Island School of Design
2005-2010
 Harvard University
2005
 Nara National Museum (Japan)
2004
 Peabody Essex Museum
(Salem, MA)

Timeline: Silk Road Project Highlights



JANUARY Visit to Oman for a performance at the Royal Opera House Muscat and workshops with local musicians
© KHALID AL BUSAIDI




   
   

 
   
   
   

 
   

 
   
   
   


© PARUL AGARWAL
  MARCH   Harvard University residency focused on cultural entrepreneurship and cultural citizenship
  U.S. concert tour with performances and workshops in Akron, OH; Ann Arbor, MI; Bloomington, IN; Richmond, KY; Danville, KY; and Nashville, TN
  APRIL Yo-Yo Ma's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, "Art for Life's Sake"
  JUNE
"Tales of Wonder" culminating event with 6th and 7th graders at JHS 185 Edward Bleeker in Queens, NY.
  AUGUST Summer Institute on The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning in collaboration with the Harvard School of Education
  SEPTEMBER Release of the album A Playlist Without Borders, and concert film Live from Tanglewood
  OCTOBER Fifteenth anniversary concerts at Wheaton College and in Carnegie Hall
  North American West Coast Tour with concerts and workshops in La Jolla, Northridge, Santa Barbara, Berkeley and Rohnert Park, CA; and Vancouver, BC. 
  DECEMBER Silk Road Ensemble workshop on Rivers with new works by Cristina Pato, Wu Man and Lev Zhurbin (Ljova
   
   

           
JANUARY Silk Road Ensemble performance at globalFEST 2012
© JENNIFER TAYLOR

Workshop developing new music by David Bruce, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche and Kojiro Umezaki
"Knowing the Score" workshop with Harvard graduate and undergraduate students
 MARCH   Asia concert tour with performances in Hong Kong; Guanghzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing, China; and Seoul, South Korea
JUNE "Tales of Wonder" performance with Silk Road Connect sixth-graders at the NY Hall of Science in Queens, NY
    Tanglewood Concerts and Filming
   
JULY
  Harvard Graduate School of Education - Summer Institute on The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning
   
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER    U.S. tour: concerts in Chapel Hill, Miami, Princeton, New Bedford, Smithfield, Chicago, Stevens Point; residencies included workshops with more than 3,000 participants    
OCTOBER    Rivers issue of Calliope magazine for kids released in partnership with the Silk Road Project    

  Turnaround Arts visit by Silk Road Ensemble members at Lame Deer Junior High School in Montana    
DECEMBER    Turnaround Arts visit by Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble members at Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Boston     
    Deans' Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge kickoff with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble    
    Silk Road Ensemble new commissions workshop and Rivers residency at Harvard University    

© TODD ROSENBERG
FEBRUARY Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, awarded to Yo-Yo Ma

MARCH
Percussion workshop and concert at Harvard University
MARCH-APRIL Texas & West Coast tour
APRIL Sandeep Das and Shane Shanahan performed with student percussionists for the inauguration for the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard

Silk Road Project, Harvard Sangeet & Office for the Arts at Harvard presented an evening with Sandeep Das
JUNE Concerts in New Jersey and Connecticut

"Night at the Caravanserai: Tales of Wonder" performance with Silk Road Connect students at SummerStage in NYC
Concerts in Newark and New Haven
SEPTEMBER Workshop at Harvard to develop new music by Michael Ward-Bergeman and Lev Zhurbin (Ljova)
Student collaborations at Harvard University

Silk Road Connect continued in Queens, NY, and new partner schools added in the Boston area
NOVEMBER Performance at the Sir Bani Yas Forum in the UAE
DECEMBER Silk Road Ensemble performance at Kennedy Center Honors Gala in tribute to Yo-Yo Ma
APRIL Asia tour
Wu Tong singing© RICHARD CONDE
JUNE "Connect Live!" celebration of learning
JULY Silk Road Project relocation to Harvard University at the outset of a new five-year affiliation
AUGUST U.S. music festivals tour
SEPTEMBER Launch of second pilot year of Silk Road Connect education program in New York City
Indigo issue of CALLIOPE magazine published
NOVEMBER Silk Road Project recognized for Best Practices in International Cultural Engagement at U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy
DECEMBER Off the Map nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album
Mugham singers with arms uplifted, percussionists behind them playing drums
© JENNIFER TAYLOR

  JANUARY   Performance celebrating the inauguration of the President of the United States, hosted by The New Republic

MARCH   North America tour

JUNE   Live From Lincoln Center broadcast and Great Performers concerts

AUGUST   Launch of Silk Road Connect educational initiative in New York City

SEPTEMBER   Europe tour

NOVEMBER   Off the Map CD release

    Beginning of season-long residency at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City
JANUARY  
World Economic Forum's Crystal Award given to Yo-Yo Ma  
Wu Man performing at the United Nations General Assembly Hall© JENNIFER TAYLOR
APRIL
Japan tour  
MAY
The Road to Beijing curriculum and DVD release  
SEPTEMBER
New commissions workshop at Tanglewood  
OCTOBER
United Nations Day Concert  
NOVEMBER
World premiere of multimedia Layla and Majnun in Doha, Qatar  
A boy and girl playing drums for The Stone Horse
© TODD ROSENBERG

  JANUARY
Silk Road issue of CALLIOPE magazine published

MARCH
U.S. West Coast tour

APRIL
Concerts, museum residency and educational events in Chicago

JUNE
The Stone Horse: A Silk Road Journey in Millennium Park

JULY
New Impossibilities CD release

AUGUST

New commissions workshop in Villecroze, France



Lucerne Festival concerts and residency at Museum Rietberg, Switzerland
  OCTOBER   China tour and filming of The Road to Beijing educational DVD
JANUARY   Cultural exchange with Azerbaijan   Yo-Yo Ma pointing to a musical score with a young woman with violin
© PETE CHECCHIA
FEBRUARY
U.S. tour  
MAY
Dan David Prize awarded to Yo-Yo Ma for preserving cultural heritage  
JUNE
Launch of yearlong, citywide celebration Silk Road Chicago with concert in Millennium Park  
AUGUST
Along the Silk Road curriculum published  
SEPTEMBER
Appointment of Yo-Yo Ma as United Nations Messenger of Peace  


New commissions workshop at Tanglewood in partnership with Carnegie Hall  


Launch of residency at Art Institute of Chicago  
OCTOBER
Residency at Rubin Museum of Art, New York City  
Kojiro Umezaki playing shakuhachi with pipa player Yang Wei
© DAVID O'CONNOR

  JANUARY
NHK Silk Road television series in Japan, with original soundtrack by the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

MARCH

Launch of five-year partnerships with Harvard University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

APRIL
Launch of three-year international museum residency program



U.S. tour



Beyond the Horizon CD release

JULY
2005 World Expo concerts in Nagoya, Japan

OCTOBER

Residency at Nara National Museum in Nara, Japan
JANUARY
Residency at Peabody Essex Museum  
Gulia Mashurova seated at her harp talking to a fellow musician© MICHAEL LUTCH
APRIL
U.S. Midwest tour  


Workshop with members of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra  
JUNE
Southeast Asia tour  
AUGUST
Concerts in London  
SEPTEMBER
New commissions workshop at Tanglewood in partnership with Carnegie Hall  
NOVEMBER
Concerts in Agra and Delhi, India  
The kamancheh being played
© DAVID O'CONNOR

  JANUARY
Concerts in Toronto

APRIL
Central Asia tour in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan in partnership with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
JANUARY
Europe tour  
Chinese dancer at the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
MARCH
Publication of Along the Silk Road, a pictorial volume of essays  
APRIL
The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan CD release  


When Strangers Meet CD release  
JULY

"The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust" Smithsonian Folklife Festival in partnership with the Silk Road Project  
OCTOBER
Europe tour  
NOVEMBER
U.S. tour  
Wu Man and percussionists performing Vocussion, a vocal percussion piece
COURTESY OF AMERICAN EXPRESS
  JANUARY-AUGUST   Initial tours by the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma in the U.S., Asia and Europe
  NOVEMBER   Launch of the Silk Road Encounters educational program
 

Europe tour

DECEMBER
Japan tour
JULY

First workshop for new commissions at Tanglewood
 
© THOMAS ADOLPHSON
OCTOBER
  Public announcement of the Silk Road Project

 
“We can use the ancient Silk Road trading route as a metaphor to investigate the interchange of world cultures.”
– LAURA FREID
Silk Road Project CEO
& Executive Director