Silk Road Ensemble U.S. Tour at Ravinia Festival
Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries, including Spanish musician Cristina Pato, the Silk Road Ensemble was formed by Yo-Yo Ma in 2000.
Hailed as “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles,” the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma draws upon the rich tapestry of traditions from an array of global cultures for a high-energy, virtuosic, and unforgettable performance.
Representing a global array of cultures, Silkroad musicians co-create art, performance, and ideas. The Silk Road Ensemble has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and a “roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe.
Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries, the Silk Road Ensemble was formed by Yo-Yo Ma in 2000. Since then, audiences and critics in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America have embraced these artists passionate about cross-cultural understanding and innovation. The group has recorded six albums. Their new album, Sing Me Home, was released in April 2016. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a documentary Silkroad musicians directed by Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), was released in June 2016.
Galician bagpiper, pianist, and composer Cristina Pato enjoys an active career devoted to Galician popular and classical music and jazz. The first female gaita player to release a solo album (1999), she has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Arturo O’Farril, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Osvaldo Golijov, World Orchestra, and Paquito D’Rivera and performed throughout Europe, USA, India, Africa, and China. A pop star in her native Spain, Pato is passionate about education and cultural exchange.