New Impossibilities / Harth-Bedoya, Ma, Silk Road Ensemble

Album Summary

>Abou-Khalil, Rabih : Arabian Waltz
>Golijov, Osvaldo : Night of the Flying Horses
>Huang, Hai-Hai : Galloping Horses, for pipa & bass
>Long, Zhou : Poems from Tang
>Das, Sandeep : Shristi, for voice, percussion & ensemble
>Kalhor, Kayhan : The Silent City
>Traditional, Chinese : Ambush from Ten Sides, traditional melody (a.k.a. "Ambush on All Sides")
>Unspecified : Vocussion, for voices & percussion
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Inspired by the art and culture of the historic Silk Road, Silk Road Chicago ran from June 2006 to June 2007 and was created in partnership with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. From these once-in-a-lifetime performances, Sony Classical is releasing a CD of selected works.

Always eager to break down barriers and inspire new platforms for learning, cellist Yo-Yo Ma wanted to see what would happen if the cultural institutions of one city focused all of their energies on a single event. Working with the city of Chicago, together they embarked on the yearlong citywide celebration Silk Road Chicago. Inspired by the art and the culture of the historic silk road, Silk Road Chicago ran from June 2006 to June 2007 and was created in partnership with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Yo-Yo Ma (cello); Shane Shanahan (vocals, conch shell, dumbek, caxixi); Joseph Gramley (vocals, snare drum, tom tom, caxixi); Mark Suter (vocals, bongos, bodhran); Sandeep Das (vocals, tabla); Yang Wei, Wu Man (pipa); Colin Jacobsen , Jonathan Gandelsman (violin); Kayhan Kalhor (kamancha); Nicholas Cords (viola); Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi).

Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL.

World famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma teamed with the Silk Road Ensemble and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to record NEW IMPOSSIBILITIES. Like most of Yo-Yo Ma must that isn't traditionally classical, NEW IMPOSSIBILITIES blends genres and cultures to create a chamber music that spans the globe. There's a distinct Middle Eastern, Asian and South Asian flavor to the compositions here, marked by the use of non-Western instruments, but the attention to arrangements and execution is recital-hall precise. This disc is another exceptional accomplishment from an exceptional, and adventurous, musician.



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Works Details

>Abou-Khalil, Rabih : Arabian Waltz
  • Performers: Kayhan Kalhor (Setar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Colin Jacobsen (Violin); Shane Shanahan (Dumbek); Yang Wei (Pipa); Sandeep Das (Tabla); Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin); Kojiro Umezaki (Shakuhachi); Nicholas Cords (Viola)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1995
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Golijov, Osvaldo : Night of the Flying Horses
  • Performers: Wu Tong (Sheng); Eric Jacobsen (Cello); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Shane Shanahan (Caxixi); Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin); Joseph Gramley (Percussion); Kojiro Umezaki (Shakuhachi); Nicholas Cords (Viola)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Huang, Hai-Hai : Galloping Horses, for pipa & bass
  • Performers: Yang Wei (Pipa); DaXun Zhang (Double Bass)
  • Ensemble: Qi Lin
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Long, Zhou : Poems from Tang :: Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Colin Jacobsen (Violin); Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin); Nicholas Cords (Viola)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Das, Sandeep : Shristi, for voice, percussion & ensemble
  • Performers: Kim Dong-Won (Percussion); Shane Shanahan (Dumbek); Shane Shanahan (Conch Shell); Mark Suter (Bongos); Sandeep Das (Tabla); Joseph Gramley (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kalhor, Kayhan : The Silent City
  • Performers: Kayhan Kalhor (Setar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Colin Jacobsen (Violin); Mark Suter (Bodhran); Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin); Nicholas Cords (Viola)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 22 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional, Chinese : Ambush from Ten Sides, traditional melody (a.k.a. "Ambush on All Sides")
  • Performers: Lin Liu (Guitar); Wu Tong (Sheng); Wu Tong (Xun); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Wu Man (Pipa)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Unspecified : Vocussion, for voices & percussion
  • Performers: Kim Dong-Won (Percussion); Shane Shanahan (Dumbek); Shane Shanahan (Percussion); Mark Suter (Percussion); Sandeep Das (Tabla); Joseph Gramley (Percussion); Joseph Gramley (Caxixi); Sandeep Das (Percussion); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live