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Silk Road Ensemble

Winners of a 2017 Grammy Award, 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. For the Freer|Sackler’s reopening celebration, this adventuresome ensemble will perform on Chinese winds and erhu (fiddle), Japanese percussion, jazz drums, violin, viola, and double bass, incorporating musical traditions from across

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October 14, 2017 7:00pm to October 15, 2017 5:00pm
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Winners of a 2017 Grammy Award, 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. For the Freer|Sackler’s reopening celebration, this adventuresome ensemble will perform on Chinese winds and erhu (fiddle), Japanese percussion, jazz drums, violin, viola, and double bass, incorporating musical traditions from across Asia and the Middle East.

Wu Tong is an electrifying virtuoso on Chinese flutes and sheng (mouth organ) who has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered Zhao Lin’s double concerto written for him and Yo-Yo Ma. Violist Nicholas Cords is a founding member of both the Silk Road Ensemble and the pathbreaking group Brooklyn Rider. Violinist and erhu (Chinese fiddle) artist Shaw Pong Liu teaches at the New England Conservatory and is a founding member of Play for Justice, a group of Boston artists supporting social reforms.

Bassist Jeffrey Beecher is a veteran of the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival who has performed at Bargemusic, Weill Recital Hall, and 92Y. Percussionist Haruka Fujii has appeared as a soloist with the orchestras of Munich, Sydney, and Lyon, and Japan’s NHK. Percussionist Shane Shanahan has a background in jazz, rock, and classical music. He has accompanied musical artists Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, and Alison Krauss, among many others.

Events

December 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk by Scott Tong and a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of regular people.

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will be able to join this important discussion on April 6.