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Music: Tradition and heritage along the Silk Route   Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 January 2007 )

Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia (AKMICA) Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia (AKMICA)
Music and musicians have historically played a vital role in the cultures of Central Eurasia and the Middle East. Music traditionally served not only as entertainment, but as a way to reinforce social and moral values, and musicians provided models of exemplary leadership. Whether bringing listeners closer to God, sustaining cultural memory through epic tales, or strengthening the bonds of community through festivity and celebration, musicians have been central to social life. In 2000, recognition of this important role led His Highness the Aga Khan to establish the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia (AKMICA) with the aim of assisting in the preservation of Central Asia's musical heritage by ensuring its transmission to a new generation of artists and audiences, both inside the region and beyond its borders. more...

Glossary of music instruments of Central Asia by AGA KHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE. Music Initiative in Central Asia

Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet
Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers MeetThis disc introduces Yo-Yo Ma's latest and most ambitious adventure, the Silk Road Project. It explores the cultures that flourished along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that for centuries connected Europe and the East. Founded by Ma in 1998, the project aims to create connections, mutual trust, and cultural interchange between people from different parts of the world through their only shared language: music.
This recording includes music from Mongolia, China, Persia, Japan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and an improvisation on an Italian Renaissance street song, performed by musicians from all those countries, as well as America, on both Eastern and Western instruments. Ma, who Dancerparticipates in every piece either as soloist or part of the ensemble, plays cello and a Mongolian "horse-head fiddle." There is also a Mongolian soprano, who sings a traditional song native to her region. For the uninitiated Western listener, the music requires some getting used to. Much of it is based on rhythmic ostinatos. The melodies use Oriental scales; the intonation is untempered; the music seems all color, texture, and atmosphere, without what might be called themes; and repetition takes the place of development. Contrast is achieved through sudden change, buildup by adding instruments. However, the music is often beautiful, delicate, dreamy, or peaceful; every listener will find his or her own favorite pieces. The playing is splendid, with much inventive improvisation. Inevitably, Ma's tone and personality stand out, but he never dominates in fact or spirit. The booklet offers essays by Ma and the project's musicologist, Theodore Levin, photographs of the players, and drawings of the Eastern instruments. --Edith Eisler. more... 

Silk Road EnsembleEnsemble
Nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition. The Silk Road Ensemble is not a fixed collective, but rather a collection of like-minded musicians. Each musician's career illustrates a unique response to what is arguably the paramount artistic challenge of our times: nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition. more...

Extending the Silk RoadYo-Yo Ma
Planning in progress for interdisciplinary Silk Road-inspired classes, projects
By Corydon Ireland,Harvard News Office
The cellist's passion these days is for revealing and celebrating the many-ness of art's origins. In 1998, Ma founded the Silk Road Project, a celebration of the migration of ideas and music.
Starting in the second century B.C., the 4,000-mile Silk Road was a shifting network of trans-Eurasian trails and oases. For 1,500 years, it linked what is now China in the East to the Mediterranean in the West. The Silk Road - named in the 19th century - was a commercial highway but also a highway of ideas, technology, and language. And through commerce, it disseminated the products of culture: music, instruments, statuary, ceramics, and jewelry.


Silk Road Music
Silk Road Music offers musical programs with a variety of personnel formats:Silk Road Music
Silk Road Duo is a new music performance that introduces audiences to different cultures through the experience, discoveries, and travels of Qiu Xia He with her Pipa, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Andre Thibault. The pipa, a Chinese lute with a wide suzani-dombarerange of expression, will be the focal point. This husband and wife team is well equipped for this cultural mission. Both have lived passionately as professional musicians. Their common bond and love of music have taken them on tours all over the world. A guest percussionist is available.
Silk Road Music is a professional Chinese troupe that has a consistently successful rapport with audiences. It has twice won the Best World Music Award from the West Coast and was also nominated for a JUNO. Based in Vancouver BC, it uses its innovative approach of classical Chinese music to promote cultural links with non-Asian traditions, reflecting the true multicultural spirit of immigrants in Canada. It can perform as a quintet, quartet or trio. more...

Music of the Silk Road
Music This CD explores music from countries as diverse as Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. The Silk Road concept is simply what holds together a sampler of music from recordings already released by ARC. It's a great way to get to know the music of the region a little better and, if desired, explore in more context on the original ARC recordings.

Silk Road: Music Of Central Eurasia And Middle East
Music from Iran;Persian Traditional Music;Uzbek Music "Karvon";Turkmen Songs and Melodies. more...