Harvard University has been a remarkable home
base for the Silk Road Project and a working
laboratory for the Silk Road Ensemble to test new
ideas and approaches.
This year, we held the ﬁrst commissioning workshop
of our "Rivers" initiative, which is generating exciting
multidisciplinary conversations about rivers from the
perspectives of arts, culture, engineering, science,
history and medicine. Ensemble musicians Jeffrey
Beecher, Haruka Fujii and Wu Tong brought us
beautiful new rivers-inspired music.
The Silk Road Ensemble also took part in a cultural
citizenship symposium with the Mahindra Humanities
Center and performed at Sanders Theatre.
"Cultural citizenship requires a sympathy for
translation—to try and understand the culture,
the music, the art of another period, to try
and translate across time, space, history, and
across geography." —HOMI BHABHA, DIRECTOR OF THE
MAHINDRA HUMANITIES CENTER
Programs at Harvard