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The Phoenix Rising Tour: Silkroad Ensemble

with Rhiannon Giddens

July 24, 2022

Rhiannon Giddens performing with the Silkroad Ensemble (Shannon Flack)

“This multinational ensemble of more than a dozen acclaimed musicians draws on a rich tapestry of styles and instruments to create music contemporary and ancient, familiar and foreign.”

The Silkroad Ensemble took the audience on a trip around the world in 75 minutes. These world class musicians captured the charm and nuance in music from Great Britain to India and beyond. Individually these pieces were completely different but when brought together they made a cohesive concert that took audience members on a journey like no other.

"Phoenix Rising takes a cross-section of Silkroad’s award-winning compositions and arrangements and re-imagines them for today. Keeping an eye on the past, Silkroad and Giddens have also collaborated on new works that coalesce her unique worldview with the Ensemble’s collective experience during the pandemic."

The Silkroad Ensemble was created by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 to initiate a collaborative safe-space where musicians from different backgrounds, cultures, heritage, and traditions could envision and produce musical works. The group does not feature a set lineup of musicians. Instead they have artists on rotation keeping the music and performances fresh. As of 2020 Rhiannon Giddens has taken over as Artistic Director of the Silkroad Ensemble.

Members of the Silkroad Ensemble (Shannon Flack)

General Information

Run Time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Silkroad Artists

Jeffery Beecher, Bass

Sandeep Das, Tabla

Haruka Fujii, Percussion

Rhiannon Giddens, Banjo, Voice

Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic Harp

Mario Gotoh, Viola

Joseph Gramley, Percussion

Wu Man, Pipa

Karen Ouzounian, Cello

Mazz Swift, Violin, Voice

Francesco Turrisi, Accordion, Frame Drums

Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese Flute, Percussion

Reylon Yount, Yangqin

The Program

“The Call” — Maeve Gilchrist*

“O, Death” — Traditional, arr. by Rhiannon Giddens**

“Ascending Bird” — Traditional, arr. by Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei**

“Sacred Cloud Music” — Zhao Jiping

“Goin’ Home” (from the Grammy Award-winning album, Sing Me Home) — Antonin Dvořák, arr. by Rhiannon Giddens and Mazz Swift**

“Ho-oh” — Kaoru Watanabe

“Ekla Cholo Re” — Sandeep Das, Lyrics by Rabindranath Tagore***

“St. James Infirmary Blues” — Traditional; arr. Michael Ward-Bergeman

“New Ritual” — Traditional, arranged by member of Silkroad**

“Cut the Rug: IV. Wake the Dead” — David Bruce, arr. by Edward Pérez**

*World Premiere, Commissioned by Silkroad for Phoenix Rising

**New Arrangement, Commissioned by Silkroad for Phoenix Rising

***Commissioned by Silkroad for Phoenix Rising


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