The evening-length work is 70 minutes long and features singers Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova and musicians of the Silkroad Ensemble on traditional Asian instruments (kamancheh, tar, shakuhachi, and pipa) combined with Western strings (two violins, viola, cello, and contrabass) and a percussionist on stage with 16 dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Group.
This crossover project will feature extremely talented and passionate musicians from all over the world. Together they will explore the relationship between East and West through creativity and virtuosity. it will feature songs spanning traditional music, world music, classical music & modern music combining Chinese, Middle Eastern, South American & other regional elements.
The Afro Yaqui Music Collective (AYMC) is a 12-piece outfit which descends from the ensembles of Guggenhiem award winner Fred Ho. The AYMC has been acknowledged by the New York Times as “furthering [Ho’s] musical legacy,” The AYMC is co-led by Gizelxanath Rodriguez, a Mexican operatic vocalist of Yaqui indigenous descent who is an internationally performing soprano and activist, and the recipient of a 2014 ACE Award. The band is also led by her partner Ben Barson, the 2018 Johnny Mandel Prize Winner in composition from ASCAP.
The Helio Phoenix Ensemble was established by pipa player Yang Jin, Assistant professor Wang Shuai from Cleveland institute of music and Principal viola of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Jin Yu to actively explore and discover new music form.
Purple Bamboo Chinese Music Ensemble of Pittsburgh was formed in 2015 to serve the Greater Pittsburgh area by performing and educating the public on traditional Chinese Music.
Formed in the fall of 2008, the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble performs a wide variety of Chinese music on traditional string, wind, and percussion instruments. The ensemble also regularly presents educational workshops on Chinese music for all ages, as well as multimedia performances exploring the intersections between Chinese music and other traditional art forms such as poetry, calligraphy, painting, tea ceremony, tai chi, and kung fu, and cross-cultural performances combining Chinese music with American folk music, Irish music, and Jewish music.