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Recitals from the World StageSilkroad with special guest Rhiannon Giddens

Recitals from the World Stage
Silkroad with special guest Rhiannon Giddens



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Recorded at Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood

Featuring Silkroad artists Sandeep Das, Maeve Gilchrist, Kevork Mourad, Edward Perez, Kojiro Umezaki, and Kaoru Watanabe
Host: Karen Allen

Founded by Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Ensemble is the performing dimension of Silkroad, an initiative advocating and developing global cultural communication through music, art, and education.
Tanglewood is a spiritual home for the ensemble, which first convened here two decades ago. In these performances newly recorded from Tanglewood’s Linde Center and elsewhere, Silkroad’s multitalented artists from several different countries and musical backgrounds team up to create works blending and highlighting both their individual artistry and collaborative spontaneity, performing on instruments as diverse as Celtic harp and Japanese shakuhachi. The concert features two world premieres jointly conceived by Maeve Gilchrist/Kevork Mourad and by Edward Perez/Kaoru Watanabe, and the presentation also includes archival footage from a 2012 Silkroad Ensemble performance at Tanglewood.

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Karen Allen, host
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Karen Allen is an award winning actor/director working in the film, television and theatre world for over 35 years. She has starred in over 45 films in including Animal House, The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raider's of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Split Image, Starman ,Until September, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, Malcolm X, King of the Hill, The Perfect Storm, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt and most recently A Year By the Sea based on the memoir by Joan Anderson.

Her work as a director  has been focused on theatre for the past ten years where she has directed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in NYC, most recently directing the Obie Award winning world premiere of Lucy Thurber's, Ashville. She recently directed her first  short film, "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.", based on groundbreaking southern American writer Carson McCullers short story. In it's world premiere, it just won Best International Short Narrative Film at in England at the Manchester Film Festival.

Ms. Allen is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and has taught at New York University in NYC. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, and on the Board of the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Amazon Conservation Team. Her son, Nick, is a professional chef.

Karen Allen, host Silkroad Ensemble
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Mission & Vision
Inspired by the cultural traditions of the historical Silk Road, the Silk Road Project is a catalyst promoting innovation and learning through the arts.Our vision is to connect the world's neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe.

The Silk Road Project
Founded in 1998 by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Project is an internationally minded nonprofit arts, cultural and educational organization the promotes innovation and learning through the arts. The Project's activities in concert halls, museums and classrooms take inspiration from the historical Silk Road trading routes, employing the Silk Road as a modern metaphor for sharing and learning across cultures, art forms and disciplines.The Project presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble, develops new music, engages in cross-cultural exchanges and residencies, leads workshops for students, and partners with leading cultural institutions to create a wide variety of educational programs and materials.

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