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

Album Summary

>Abou-Khalil, Rabih : Arabian Waltz
>Golijov, Osvaldo : Night of the Flying Horses, suite for soprano & orchestra
>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: Yang Wei (Pipa); Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin); Sandeep Das (Tabla); Shane Shanahan (Dumbek); Kayhan Kalhor (Setar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Colin Jacobsen (Violin); Nicholas Cords (Viola); Kojiro Umezaki (Shakuhachi)
  • 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, suite for soprano & orchestra
  • Performers: Nicholas Cords (Viola); Kojiro Umezaki (Shakuhachi); Wu Tong (Sheng); Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin); Joseph Gramley (Percussion); Eric Jacobsen (Cello); Shane Shanahan (Caxixi); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • 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: Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin); Nicholas Cords (Viola); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Colin Jacobsen (Violin)
  • 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: Mark Suter (Bongos); Shane Shanahan (Dumbek); Shane Shanahan (Conch Shell); Kim Dong-Won (Percussion); Joseph Gramley (Percussion); Sandeep Das (Tabla)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth-Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kalhor, Kayhan : The Silent City
  • Performers: Mark Suter (Bodhran); Colin Jacobsen (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Kayhan Kalhor (Setar); Nicholas Cords (Viola); Jonathan Gandelsman (Violin)
  • 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: Wu Man (Pipa); Wu Tong (Xun); Lin Liu (Guitar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Wu Tong (Sheng)
  • Conductor: Miguel Harth Bedoya
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

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