“The Music of Strangers” follows the birth and evolution of the Silk Road Ensemble. In 1998, world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma established the Silk Road Project (Silkroad). a not-for-profit organization that promotes artistic collaboration, global understanding, and multicultural exchange. Following the creation of the organization, Yo-Yo Ma also formed the Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective that brings together passionate, innovative artists from many different cultures to play and perform music that blends disparate ideas together. “The Music of Strangers” follows the collective’s ever-changing lineup as they gather in locations across the world exploring how art can preserve traditions, shape cultural evolution, and advance international awareness. Watch an exclusive clip from the film above featuring Yo-Yo Ma and other discuss the birth of the Silk Road Ensemble.
“The Music of Strangers” is directed by Morgan Neville, who has produced and directed documentaries for over 20 years. Some of these include “The Cool School,” about the modern art scene in Los Angeles, “Johnny Cash’s America,” which traces the life of legendary artist Johnny Cash, and “Best of Enemies,” a documentary about the televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley in 1968. In 2013, Neville released the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” following the lives of famous backup singers, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary.
“The Music of Strangers” opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 10th.