Silk Road Ensemble musicians have been busy, as usual, since we've been together last. We're glad to pass on their news, including big congratulations for two prestigious awards: pipa player Wu Man was named Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year, and Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen won a United States Artists Fellowship!
Cristina Pato's new album Migrations, coming out from Sunnyside Records in January 2013, features roots and jazz in New York City with Victor Prieto, Edward Perez, Eric Doob and Emilio Solla. Several other members of the Silk Road Ensemble, including Mike Block, Sandeep Das and Colin Jacobsen, also appear as guest artists. We hope you enjoy this preview.
Cellist Mike Block has announced the dates for next summer's Mike Block String Camps in Vero Beach, Florida; Saline, Michigan; and a new camp in Portland, Maine. These camps focus on non-classical styles and improvisation.
On November 16, the string quartet Brooklyn Rider (Nicholas Cords, Johnny Gandelsman, Colin Jacobsen and Eric Jacobsen) played three world premieres in Chapel Hill, NC, for Carolina Performing Arts' "The Rite of Spring at 100," including one by Colin with choreography by John Heginbotham. The group's album Seven Steps was included in NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2012.
On November 5, violist Nicholas Cords was a panelist in a professional development session on ensemble building and leadership. The session was presented by The Academy at Carnegie Hall (in a joint program with The Juilliard School and the Weil Music Institute) and moderated by Ara Guzelimian.
HUM Ensemble performed a concert in New Delhi, India, on November 16. Three years ago, Sandeep Das founded HUM with partial funding from a Silk Road Ensemble creative project stipend, and we are thrilled to see the performances continue. Fellow Ensemble member Cristina Pato returned for her third concert with the group, along with drummer Josep Vicent, hurdy gurdy player Anxo Pintos, and pianist Matt Herskowitz.
Oud player Hadi Eldebek has been named a Brooklyn Philharmonic Outside-In Fellow for 2012-2013. As part of his fellowship, Hadi will compose a new work for string quartet, to be premiered in May 2013.
Violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen have been selected from among the nation's top visual, performing, media and literary artists to receive a United States Artists Fellowship. The award carries a $50,000 grant, and the Jacobsens' fellow 2012 honorees include such leading lights as novelist Annie Proulx and contemporary dance legend Trisha Brown.
Iranian kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor will perform at globalFEST 2013 in New York on January 13, with Turkish baglam player Erdal Erzincan. The Silk Road Ensemble performed at this annual world music showcase in January 2012.
Wu Man has been named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America, which calls her "the very model of a modern soloist." More
On December 7, she will perform at Symphony Space in New York and introduce her new film about traditional music in rural China. Discovering a Musical Heartland was funded in part by a Silk Road Ensemble creative project stipend. It is available on Amazon.