October 2013

The Silk Road Project Celebrates its 15th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall on October 16

Yo-Yo Ma and Kayhan Kalhor at Carnegie in 2004. ©Chris Lee
9/19/2004 7:30:00 PM
Wu Man and Asylbek Nasirdinov in "Tradition and Innovation". © Chris Lee
9/19/2004 10:42:00 PM
Oct 16 will be our seventh Carnegie Hall appearance. © Chris Lee
9/18/2004 8:56:00 PM
Nicholas Cords, Cristina Pato and Wu Tong. © Stefan Cohen
9/17/2006 9:32:00 PM
Eric Jacobsen, Kayhan Kalhor and Sandeep Das. © Chris Lee
9/18/2004 8:51:00 PM
At the close of the September 17, 2007 concert. © Stefan Cohen
9/17/2006 9:34:00 PM

Photos above are courtesy of Carnegie Hall

Fifteen years of working to empower the arts to create cross-cultural connection, collaboration and community will be celebrated at a historic Carnegie Hall concert by the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma on Wednesday, October 16th. 

The anniversary performance features a program of works by Asian, European and American composers, and includes New York premieres of three new works: Playlist for an Extreme Occasion by jazz composer Vijay Iyer; Suite from Book of Angels by avant-garde composer John Zorn; and Cut the Rug by British-American composer David Bruce.

Joining Silk Road Project founder and Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma for the performance will be the following Ensemble members: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Jeffrey Beecher, contrabass; Mike Block, cello; Nicholas Cords, viola; Sandeep Das, tabla; Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Joseph Gramley, percussion; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Eric Jacobsen, cello; Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh; Cristina Pato, gaita, piano; Shane Shanahan, percussion; Mark Suter, percussion; Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi; Wu Man, pipa; and Wu Tong, sheng, bawu.

For tickets and further information about the Carnegie Hall performance, please visit www.carniegiehall.org

West Coast Tour 2013


  Silk Road Ensemble members on stage. © TAYLOR CROTHERS

From October 20 to November 1, 2013, the Silk Road Ensemble will present its seventh concert tour of the North American West Coast and conduct residencies at universities along the way. Tour cities include La Jolla, Northridge, Santa Barbara, Berkeley and Sonoma, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

For the tour, California-based Ensemble members Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh) and Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) will be joined by the following Ensemble members: Jeffrey Beecher, bass; Mike Block, cello; Nicholas Cords, viola; Sandeep Das, table; Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Joseph Gramley, percussion; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Cristina Pato, gaita; and Shane Shanahan, percussion.

Unable to make the tour, artistic director Yo-Yo Ma (cello) said: “Every member of the Silk Road Ensemble is a star, so each concert on this tour will be flooded with light!” Tour dates and venues will be posted on our calendar

As We Embark Upon Our Next 15 Years


  Under the leadership of Laura Freid, Silk Road Project CEO and Executive Director, the Silk Road Project is expanding its programs in education, business and the arts. © TODD ROSENBERG

“Our anniversary celebration pays tribute to the founding vision of the Silk Road Project: to connect the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe,” said Laura Freid, Silk Road Project Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. “As we embark upon our next 15 years, we look forward to exploring how education, business and the arts can come together in pursuit of meaningful change that can transform the world.”


Behind the Headlines at Silk Road
Letter from our artistic director

A Playlist Without Borders
Our new CD and DVD are released

Fifteenth anniversary
Celebrating at Carnegie Hall and on the US West Coast

A tribute to Daniel Ng

Reports from the road
Silk Road Ensemble member news