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Biography
The Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of internationally renowned musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers from more than 20 countries, has performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe and North America. The Silk Road Ensemble has recorded five albums: Off the Map (2009), New Impossibilities (2007), Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon (2005), Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet (2002) and The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan (2002).

The Silk Road Project is a not-for-profit artistic, cultural and educational organization with a vision of connecting the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma founded the Project in 1998 as a catalyst to promote innovation and learning through the arts.

The Silk Road Project takes inspiration from the historical Silk Road trading route as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange. Under the artistic direction of Mr. Ma and led by CEO & Executive Director Laura Freid, the Silk Road Project presents performances by the Silk Road Ensemble, engages in cross-cultural exchanges and residencies, leads workshops for students, and partners with leading cultural institutions to create educational materials and programs. Developing new music is a central mission of the Silk Road Project, which has been involved in commissioning and performing more than 60 new musical and multimedia works from composers and arrangers from around the world.

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