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Live in Studio 4A
Our showcase for artists invited to perform on the program and talk about their music
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Live in Studio 4A:
Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma Led by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (left), the Silk Road Ensemble is the musical face of Ma's Silk Road Project, an artistic, cultural and educational organization he founded in 1998 to "study the ebb and flow of ideas along" the ancient trade route.
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Selected Program Audio Excerpts

Yo-Yo Ma on The Silk Road Ensemble

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma
The Boys in the Band
Yo-Yo Ma introduces the Ensemble members.
September 11, 2001
Ma comments on how the tragedy affected the Silk Road Project.
The Future
Ma talks about the road ahead for the Ensemble.

Silk Road Ensemble Instrument Demonstrations

Yang Wei
The pipa (PEE pah), a Chinese lute (left)
The daira (DYE-ra), a drum from Uzbekistan
The ney (NAY), a Persian flute (below, left)
The santur (SAN toor), a Persian dulcimer (below, left)

Silk Road Ensemble Music

Siamak Aghaei on the santur
"Mido Mountain" Traditional Chinese folk song
"Levanta, Pascual, Levante" Traditional Spanish song
"A Bird in the Cage" Persian classical song
"Phantoum" from Ravel's "Piano Trio"
"Chi passa per'sta strada" Renaissance era song

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