The Silk Road Ensemble Returns to the Aga Khan Museum for a Musical Journey Around the World on June 28 and 29
Witness a global array of cultures on film, in concert, and at the Museum
June 28 @ 7 pm:
Screening 2016 documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
The Grammy-nominated feature follows members of the Ensemble as they travel the world exploring the ways art can shape cultural evolution.
These events complement the Museum’s current exhibition, Syrian Symphony: New Compositions in Sight and Sound, which runs to August 13, 2017.
The exhibition unites music, painting, and media arts for an interactive experience about the struggle to protect Syria’s cultural heritage. The exhibition includes works by Syrian composer/clarinettist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, both members of the Silk Road Ensemble. In 2016, the duo performed Home Within at the Museum, exploring Syria’s recent history by juxtaposing art and music. Syrian Symphony is presented in association with Silkroad, the arts organization established by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. For key insights into the exhibition, visitors can join Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts at the Museum, for a curator’s tour on July 6 at 6:30 pm.
“The Aga Khan Museum’s enduring relationship with Silkroad dates to our Anniversary Gala in 2015 when the Ensemble stayed for two days, offering open rehearsals and hands-on workshops for Toronto’s youth,” says Alibhai. “Two years on, our shared commitment to connecting cultures through the arts for local and global audiences remains as strong as ever.”
The Silk Road Ensemble in Concert at the Aga Khan Museum is: Shawn Conley (bass); Christina Courtin (violin); Sandeep Das (tabla); Mario Gotoh (violin); Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh); Max Mandel (viola); Karen Ouzounian (cello); Shane Shanahan (percussion).