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Close-up of a blue and white patchwork Pojagi cloth


A Journey in Color
This pojagi cloth was made by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) students, using traditional techniques of dying cloth in vats of indigo and hand-sewing it in particular patterns. The Silk Road Ensemble developed a musical work based on the worldwide migration of the dye indigo while in residence at RISD.

Zhao Jiping


"I have a mental picture of the Silk Road, of a bazaar filled with people trading goods, calling out for attention, bargaining with each other. Slowly the sun sets and I move away from the bazaar, out into the dessert, until it disappears and all I can see is sand and the very quiet, still, night sky. The people of that ancient Silk Road have disappeared, but the cultures have continued. Those people have left something in each of our hearts."


Zhao Jiping

Composer (China) Zhao Jiping is one of the most prominent and well-known composers in China. Among his many works are the soundtracks to such famous films as Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell My Concubine, Ju Dou and To Live. He has received numerous international honors, including awards at the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, and has been widely acclaimed for his ability to combine traditional Chinese forms of expression and conventional Western orchestral forces. In 1995, he was the subject of the documentary film Music for the Movies: Zhao Jiping. He is currently Director of the Institute of Dance and Music Drama of Shaanxi Province.

His works commissioned by the Silk Road Project include Moon Over Guan Mountains (2000), Distant Green Valley (2004), Sacred Cloud Music (2004), Summer in the High Grassland (2004) and The Battle Remembered (2004).

Other Ensemble members from China
He Cui
Hu Jianbing
Jia Daqun
Li Hui
Liu Lin
Wu Man
Wu Tong
Betti Xiang
Yang Wei
DaXun Zhang
Zhao Lin