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thumbnail The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble (2015 USA )

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Director: Morgan Neville
Starring: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor
Genre: Music documentary
Duration: 96 mins

“I’m always trying to figure out who I am and how I fit in the world that I share with seven billion other people,” Mr. Ma says early in the film. That curiosity led him to assemble the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of some 50 musicians and artists from across the globe. “This was like the Manhattan Project of music” one interviewee says of the group, founded in 2000. Director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) knows how to capture the magic of performance and how to encourage professionals to speak plainly. He profiles its members who speak about threatened traditions, the relevance of music in a violent world and the stress of staying true to one’s art while mixing styles.

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