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Off The Map / Silk Road Ensemble

Album Summary

>Frank, Gabriela Lena : Ritmos Anchinos, for ensemble
>Lam, Angel : Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain, for ensemble
>Ziporyn, Evan : Sulvasutra, for ensemble
>Golijov, Osvaldo : Air to Air, for ensemble
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Over the years, the Silk Road Ensemble has evolved from a group of strangers, brought together by artistic director Yo-Yo Ma, into a close-knit band of friends. 'Off the Map' is a testament to that transformation, as the Silk Road Project celebrates its 10th anniversary. Gabriela Frank's 'Ritmos Anchinos' transports us into the Andes, with pipa and sheng imitating indigenous folk instruments. Angel Lam's childhood memories emerge in 'Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain' - an urban groove of Hong Kong carried by shakuhachi and bass. Creation of the world is at the center of Evan Ziporyn's 'Sulvasutra'. Written for India's great tabla player Sandeep Das, the piece is an explosion of colors - cosmic particles uniting in the Big Bang, knowledge spreading like fire throughout the universe. Osvaldo Golijov's 'Air to Air' invokes a Sicilian protest song, prayers to Holy Mother Guadalupe and songs from the Christian Arab Easter service, known to millions across the Middle East through recordings by the incomparable Lebanese singer Fairouz.

This unique release celebrates the 10th anniversary of The Silk Road Ensemble. There are four new commissioned works by composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Angel Lam, Evan Ziporyn, and Osvaldo Golijov. Silk Road Ensemble performers include Kayhan Kalhor, Wu Man, Christina Pato, Wu Tong and members of the Brooklyn Rider Quartet. The new works were inspired by sources as varied as Peruvian mythology, an ancient Sanskrit treatise, personal childhood experience and the intersection of traditional Christian, Muslim and Arabic music.



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Works Details

>Frank, Gabriela Lena : Ritmos Anchinos, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lam, Angel : Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.

>Ziporyn, Evan : Sulvasutra, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Golijov, Osvaldo : Air to Air, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 18 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary