The Music of Strangers.

Watched on CX flight from Singapore to Hong Kong. April 2017.

I did not know that Yo Yo Ma had put together an incredibly beautiful collective of musicians called The Silk Road Ensemble… I really wish I had known earlier, I would have liked very much to watch them live on stage. Anyway.

The documentary follows several of the musicians in the Ensemble, including an amazing Chinese pipa player, a beautiful Spanish bagpipe player (and singer!), an incredibly talented Iranian kamancheh player, a breathtaking Syrian clarinet player, and of course, the wonderful Yo Yo Ma. Their stories are varied, and tragic, and brave, and heartbreaking, but beautiful. They exemplify how music brings people together – although the film also touched on how the Silk Road Ensemble apparently got some flack for blurring the lines that some think traditional music should stay behind.

Loved this <3.


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