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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop, Hosted by DePauw, Will Include Three Public Performances

"With a mission of fostering a community of globally minded musicians who learn from one another’s traditions and incorporate them into their own artistic voices, Silkroad’s inaugural Global Music Workshop will take place at the DePauw University School of Music in Greencastle, Indiana, June 8–12, 2015, at the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts." writes DePauw University 
Photo: DePauw University

The workshop is directed by cellist Mike Block and taught by an all-star faculty (see below), including members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and friends, who represent a unique range of musical backgrounds from around the world. The week will open with a private conversation with Yo-Yo Ma and conclude with three public performances on June 10, 11, and 12, 2015.
The public is invited to attend these events:
  • Faculty Concert by the Silk Road Ensemble and Friends: Wednesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium
Co-presented by the Greencastle Summer Music Festival and the DePauw University School of Music Featuring multiple Grammy-Award nominees from backgrounds as varied as Afro-Latin jazz, American folk, and traditional styles of Mali, Japan, and India, this wide-ranging concert will showcase individual performers as well as never-before-heard duos, trios, and quartets.
  • Participant and Faculty Performances: Thursday, June 11, and Friday, June 12, both 7:30 p.m. at Thompson Recital Hall
Both concerts will feature a broad array of styles and instruments from around the world, played by a diverse group of workshop participants and faculty in an eclectic number of bands. These performances culminate the week of collaborative rehearsal and music development.

All three concerts are free of charge, with a suggested donation of $20, which will go directly to the Global Musician Workshop Scholarship Fund. More than 40% of participants received financial assistance from Silkroad to attend this year’s workshop.

Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop 2015 

“When you value others who bring something different to the table, collaboration is the key to meaningful work,” said Mike Block. “I hope our students will take away a deeper appreciation and understanding of music and cultures from around the world -- not only by learning new techniques and experiencing how different styles of music are constructed, but also by learning what values motivate the acts of creation and performance for different artists and how musicians from different cultures can interact.

Gathering from 23 U.S. states and 10 countries, from as far afield as Chile, Iran, New Zealand, and Singapore, and ranging from music students to professional musicians, around 90 participants will take part in the groundbreaking workshop. Every student will have the opportunity to perform with faculty in both concerts at the end of the week.

Source: DePauw University and SILKROAD Channel (YouTube)