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Yo-Yo Ma, score in hand, discussing a piece with a young woman holding a violin


Music Education
Artistic Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks with a student participant in a "Tradition and Innovation" workshop at Tanglewood Music Center. The Silk Road Project is committed to working with talented young musicians.

Silk Road Ensemble members Kayhan Kalhor and Colin Jacobsen.

Silk Road Ensemble members Kayhan Kalhor and Colin Jacobsen


New Music

The Silk Road Project's dynamic commissioning program has given rise to more than 80 new musical works from composers and arrangers from 20 countries, including China, Azerbaijan, Korea, India, Lebanon, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Armenia and the United States. These commissioned works are the foundation of our performances, recordings and educational programs.

Since very little existing repertoire is arranged for the Silk Road Ensemble's variety of instruments, commissioning new musical works is essential for sustaining performances and ongoing artistic exchange.

Silk Road Project commissions celebrate diverse musical traditions while promoting innovative collaborative encounters among those traditions. New works are developed collaboratively in commissioning workshops by Ensemble members and composers.

 countrySorted By country In Ascending Ordertitlecomposer
 The Adventures of Prince Achmed (film score)Silk Road Ensemble collaboration
 Blue and WhiteSilk Road Ensemble collaboration
 Journey to the SouthSilk Road Ensemble collaboration
 JugalbandiSandeep Das/Kahan Kalhor
ArgentinaAir to AirOsvaldo Golijov
ArgentinaRose of the WindsOsvaldo Golijov
ArmeniaThe Morning Scent of the Acacia’s SongVache Sharafyan
AzerbaijanDervishFranghiz Ali-Zadeh
AzerbaijanCaravanJavanshir Guliev
AzerbaijanLayla and MajnunUzeyir Hajibeyov, arr. Yevgeni Gandelsman
CanadaPartial AvulsionJeffrey Beecher
ChinaTactile TimeHan Yong
ChinaThe Prospect of Colored DesertJia Daqun
ChinaNirvana IILiu Yuan
ChinaAmbush from Ten SidesTraditional, arr. Wu Tong & Li Cang Sang
ChinaAmbush from Ten Sides for Pipa, Sheng Guitar, Cello and OrchestraTraditional, arr. Li Cang Sang
ChinaBlue Little FlowerTraditional, arr. Wu Tong & Li Cang Sang
ChinaWine MadnessTraditional, arr. Wu Tong & Liu Lin
ChinaRed.Blue.Green SuiteTraditional/, arr. Wu Man & Ljova
ChinaMido MountainTraditional, arr. Wu Tong
China9 RiversWu Tong
ChinaFusionXiaoyong Chen
ChinaYi XinZhang
ChinaEchoes of a Lost CityZhao Jiping
ChinaMoon Over Guan MountainsZhao Jiping
ChinaSacred Cloud MusicZhao Jiping
ChinaSummer in the High GrasslandZhao Jiping
ChinaDistant Green ValleyZhao Jiping & Zhao Lin
ChinaThe Battle RememberedZhao Lin
ChinaSilk Road ReverieZhu Jian-er
ChinaImmeasurable LightWu Man
ChinaWater Way (Life of Water) Wu Tong
China/KazakhstanYanzi (Swallow Song)Traditional, arr. Zhao Lin
EnglandCut the RugDavid Bruce
EthiopiaMusiqawi Silt Girma Beyene, arr. Colin Jacobsen
Hong KongEmpty Mountain, Spirit RainAngel Lam
IndiaShristiSandeep Das
IndiaSumohini (Reflection of Grace)Sandeep Das
IndiaTarang (Currents)Sandeep Das
IndiaMohiniSandeep Das & Indrajit Dey, arr. Ljova
IndiaKolamZakir Hussain & Ethan Iverson, arr. George Brooks
IndiaMohiniSandeep Das
IranBlue as the Turquoise Night of NeyshaburKayhan Kalhor, arr. Kalhor & Stephen Prutsman
IranMountains are Far AwayKayhan Kalhor, arr. Ljova
IranSilent CityKayhan Kalhor, arr. Kalhor & Ljova
IranAscending BirdTraditional, arr. Siamak Aghaei & Colin Jacobsen
IranWhere the Wind Will Take UsSiamak Aghaei, arr. Colin Jacobsen
ItalyTaranta ProjectGiovanni Sollima
JapanShingashi SongHaruka Fujii
Japan/United Statesat ease, fairly, eclipse from Side in Side OutKojiro Umezaki
Japan/United StatesTsuru no Ongaeshi (Repayment from a Crane)Kojiro Umezaki
KazakhstanAltynaiTraditional, arr. Nate Shaw
KoreaOnce We Were...Dong-Won Kim
KoreaAncient BellJeeyoung Kim
KoreaTrystJeeyoung Kim
KoreaHae-Maji Gut: A Shaman Performance to the New MoonJoon-Il Kang
KoreaWhen the Wind CirclesKim/Umezaki
LebanonNorma's SecretRabih Abou-Khalil
MongoliaKhara KhorumSangidorj Sansargereltech
MongoliaLegend of HerlenByambasuren Sharav
Russia/United StatesEverywhere is Falling EverywhereLev Zhurbin (Ljova)
Russia/United StatesCanalLev Zhurbin (Ljova)
SpainMy Lethe StoryCristina Pato
Switzerland / United StatesWeavingsMark Suter
TajikistanCircles of TimeAlisher Latif-Zadeh
TajikistanTojAlisher Latif-Zadeh
TajikistanSilk Road Dreams DancingTolib-hon Shahidi
TajikistanThe Sufi and the Buddhist MonkTolib-hon Shahidi
TurkeyMahur Orientale (Night at the Caravanserai)Abd-El Wahab, arr. Shane Shanahan
TurkeyOn the Back Streets of Old IstanbulHasan Uçarsu
United StatesMusic for a Royal PalaceChristopher Adler
United StatesSulvasutraEvan Ziporyn
United StatesRitmos AnchinosGabriela Lena Frank
United StatesSaidi SwingShane Shanahan
United States¡Chayraq!: Rough Guide to a Modern Day TawantinsuyuGabriela Lena Frank
United StatesRionjiJoseph Gramley
United StatesDamagomiMichael Ward-Bergeman
United StatesPlaylist for an Extreme OccasionVijay Iyer
United StatesMille EtoilesGlenn Kotche
United StatesSuite from Book of Angels (arrangement)John Zorn, arr. Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Johnny Gandelsman, Cristina Pato, Shane Shanahan
United StatesCeltiberaCristina Pato/Mike Block
United StatesLa Fee VerteChristine Southworth
United States/JapanSide In Side OutKojiro Umezaki
UzbekistanNight Music: Voice in the LeavesDmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
UzbekistanPaths of ParablesDmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
UzbekistanBukhara ConcertoMustafa Bafoyev
UzbekistanQasidaDmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
UzbekistanSacred SignsDmitri Yanov-Yanovsky
"For [the Silk Road Ensemble] the connection between Western and non-Western is now almost a mutation; they've opened the gates of communication. This is good for music."