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Yo-Yo Ma with Colin Jacobsen


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Academy Award Winner Morgan Neville Directs
The Sound of Silk Documentary

Tells the Story of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) is directing The Sound of Silk, an exciting new documentary about the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, the world-renowned cellist. 

The Sound of Silk will serve as a lens for larger questions about cultural identity in a global society, and the potential for individuals to act as catalysts for change,” said Neville. “Like the ancient Silk Road itself, The Sound of Silk will make the foreign familiar while challenging long-held notions of identity and our place in the world.”

Director Morgan Neville
11/8/2013 12:58:00 AM
On location with Yo-Yo Ma in Beijing
11/8/2013 2:56:00 AM
Filming pipa virtuosa Wu Man in Beijing
11/8/2013 9:58:00 AM
Morgan Neville with kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor (L) in California
1/5/2014 3:50:00 PM
Wu Tong demonstrating the sheng (Chinese mouth organ) in Beijing
11/10/2013 2:43:00 AM
Filming with traditional Chinese musicians in Xi'an
11/4/2013 10:44:00 AM
The director with Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Tong in Guangzhou
11/5/2013 6:06:00 PM

The Silk Road Ensemble was founded in 2000 under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma. Since then, its members have come from more than 20 countries. It has performed in 119 cities in 30 countries, generated more than 80 new works, recorded 60 pieces of music, and just released its fifth CD, A Playlist Without Borders.

“Music offers us a tool to code our inner lives – our shared empathy, passion, humor and aspirations,” said Yo-Yo Ma.  “Focusing on the Ensemble musicians, their music and their unique mode of cultural exchange,The Sound of Silk captures a vibrant world of cross-cultural collaboration, focusing on what we share, rather than what divides us.”

Laura Freid, Silk Road Project Executive Director and CEO, said, “During our 15th anniversary year, it’s an honor for the Silk Road community to welcome Morgan Neville into our family. The Sound of Silk will help further our founding vision: to connect the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences from all over the world.”

The Sound of Silk is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pershing Square Foundation and other contributors.

"The Sound of Silk will make the foreign familiar while challenging long-held notions of identity and our place in the world."