What makes a Silk Road Ensemble performance
memorable? It's not common to see artists from so
many parts of the world together on one stage. But
perhaps what leaves a lasting impression is a musical
experience in real time—the infectious joy of
collaboration and community.
This year, two U.S. tours gave us a chance to premiere
four new pieces of music, including Uzbek composer
Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky's Sacred Signs, written in
honor of the centennial of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite
of Spring, and Vijay Iyer's jazz-inﬂected Playlist for
an Extreme Occasion.
Photos from the Road
"Each one of us comes from a particular tradition,
but there's also a common sense of curiosity about
what we don't know. It doesn't mean you have to
learn everything about another tradition, but you
need a sense of courage to leap into the unknown."
—COLIN JACOBSEN, VIOLINIST