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

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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.


Silk Road Ensemble Recordings



 Now available
 

A Playlist Without Borders and Live from Tanglewood


2013 - Sony Classical 
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

A Playlist Without Borders demonstrates once again that there are no barriers for those approaching music with an open mind.

The Silk Road Ensemble mixes the modern and the traditional, breaking boundaries of ethnicity and era in this celebratory album, released along with the concert DVD Live from Tanglewood. The new CD and DVD are available at major retailers including AmazoniTunes and Barnes & Noble.
     
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Nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album

 

Off the Map


2009 – 
World Village and In A Circle Records
The Silk Road Ensemble

On Off the Map, the Silk Road Ensemble performs globe-spanning new music from Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, Evan Ziporyn and Angel Lam

The Absolute Sound praised the album for "the joyful energy, dazzle of instrumental color and serene beauty that listeners have come to expect from the group."

     
New Impossibilities

Ranked 2nd in the Echoes Listeners' Poll of the top 25 albums for 2007

 

New Impossibilities


2007 – Sony Classical
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

New Impossibilities features traditional and new works recorded live in Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Miguel-Harth Bedoya. 

Music critic Robert Levine called this CD "a thrill a minute...it's all wonderful."

     
Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon
An e-Music pick by John Schaefer
 

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon


2005 – Sony Classical
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Beyond the Horizon features music inspired by the traditions of India, China, Armenia, Persia and Azerbaijan, and also by the meeting of these cultures.

This album accompanies a ten-part series about the Silk Road produced by Japan's NHK television network. 

     
Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet

Included in the All Songs Considered list of the decade's 50 most important recordings

 

Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet


2002 – Sony Classical
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

When Strangers Meet is the result of the first time musicians and composers from around the world gathered together to form the Silk Road Ensemble. 

The album features music commissioned by the Silk Road Project along with traditional pieces from Silk Road lands.




Members of the Silk Road Ensemble also appear on these recordings:

 

Traditions And Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago


2008 – CSO-Resound
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Silk Road Ensemble,
featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man

Traditions and Transformations is a record of the Chicago Symphony's collaboration with the Silk Road Project during the yearlong, city-wide celebration Silk Road Chicago.

     
The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan  

The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan


2002 – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Produced in partnership with the Silk Road Project, this two-CD compilation offers a panoramic survey of traditional music along the Silk Road. 

Among the musicians featured are active Silk Road Ensemble members Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi), and Wu Man (pipa).


"With guides like these, who wouldn't want to play tourist down this particular stretch of the road?"
– WQXR review
A Playlist Without Borders