Special Screening & In Theatres: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA & THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

3lVpPx_musicofstrangers_01_o3_8728480_1439322355_720_370_90Coming to NYC’s Rooftop Films tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7 and to theatres this Friday, June 10: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO YO MA & THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

Morgan Neville’s look at a diverse collective of world musicians made its bow at Toronto last Fall. Further fest play included Berlin, True/False, San Francisco, Montclair, DocAviv, Los Angeles, and the upcoming Sydney, Provincetown, and Biografilm.

The Oscar-winning Neville finds more unsung musicians to profile in his latest project, although his subjects here had already established themselves in their home countries before the renowned Yo Yo Ma gathered them together to explore the cross-cultural potential of music. While Ma is the instigating force here, and offers viewers a surprising candor about the perpetual restlessness – and perhaps boredom – he’s felt around his default career in music since his days as a child prodigy, his story is but one shared in Neville’s engaging portrait of Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. While the film traces this eclectic group’s origins in a 2000 experiment, it’s grounded more in the recent past, with profiles of a few other members of the band. Wisely foregrounding personalities over performances so that those who are not necessarily enamored with world music have a way in, Neville still manages to showcase enough music to demonstrate the fruits of Ma’s collaborative vision as well as its impact on the participants and audiences.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Documentary, Film, Recommendations, Releases

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s