The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
von Morgan NEVILLE
C Major Entertainment
© 2012, a BFMI production in co-production with Sony Classical.
The concert opens on an unexpected note: the sound of the gaita hung in the air as Cristina Pato wound her way down through the crowd to the concert hall to join her fellow musicians for the opening Silk Road Suite. The program featured music from Persia, China, Galicia, Sicily, India, and the Roma people, and many pieces inspired by global cross-currents, including a "ghost trio" by Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, composed in honor of the friendship between cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.
A series of high-energy encores included an improvised face-off between Wu Tong on sheng and Sandeep Das on cajon (a Peruvian box-shaped percussion instrument). With cameras rolling, the group was perhaps a little more theatrical than usual onstage. The Berkshire Eagle called the performance "rambunctious, athletic and just about manic. ... Teeming virtuosity marked each perfor-mance."
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