The Silk Road Project

Annual Report FY13

The Silk Road Project

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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 IN RESIDENCE

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