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A Pojagi banner mounted by the river in Providence, RI, made by students at the Rhode Island School of Design

© DAVID O’CONNOR

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.


Rauf Islamov, Ali Asgar Mammadov and other Silk Road Ensemble members conduct a workshop with the Middle East Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Rauf Islamov, Ali Asgar Mammadov and other Silk Road Ensemble members conduct a workshop with the Middle East Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara

© DAVID BAZEMORE

Workshops

The Silk Road Project leads “Creating a Life with Music” workshops designed to engage young musicians in the discovery of their own musical voices and in the investigation of what it means to be a musician in today’s global culture.

The Project also custom-designs workshops with music students and proponents of traditional music around the world as a vehicle to learn about each other’s musical and cultural traditions. Reciprocal workshops have been conducted in Azerbaijan, China and the United States.

The Silk Road Ensemble also engages in commissioning workshops with composers to develop new music.


“As we open up to each other, we form a bridge into unfamiliar traditions.”
– YO-YO MA