The Silk Road

Documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, is the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which follows members of the Silk Road Ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Changing the world through music. In select theaters now. Art In Action.

Trailer for The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, 2016, Presented by the Silk Road Project in association with Participant Media, The Orchard & HBO.

Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the personal journeys of a small group of the Silk Road Ensemble mainstays: Kinan Azmeh (Syria), Kayhan Kalhor (Iran), Yo-Yo Ma (France/United States), Wu Man (China), and Cristina Pato (Spain), to chronicle passion, talent, and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind. Power Of Music.

Companion Album, The new album from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, “Sing Me Home,” is a deeply moving global tribute to the ‘music of home.’ It features guest artists Abigail Washburn, Bill Frisell, Gregory Porter, Lisa Fischer, Rhiannon Giddens, and Sarah Jarosz.


Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. Silkroad works to connect the world through the arts, focusing its efforts in three areas: musical performance, learning programs, and cultural entrepreneurship.

Since 2000, the musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble have been central to Silkroad’s mission. Under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma and representing a global array of cultures, the Ensemble models new forms of cultural exchange through performances, workshops, and residencies. The artists of the Ensemble draw on the rich tapestry of traditions from around the world that make up our many-layered contemporary identities, weaving together the foreign and familiar to create a new musical language. If you want to change the world, you have to make a little noise. Join them