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Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:11:59 minutes | 774 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Masterworks

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is back for a sixth album with the Silk Road Ensemble. Sing me Home is the companion album for a new documentary film called The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. The album is a musical exploration of the notion of “home”, from the diverse perspectives of the members of the Silk Road Ensemble. With a mix of traditional tunes and original songs we’re taken on a tour of homes around the world from the Balkans to China, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Mali, Syria, and the United States.

The potential buyer encountering this release by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is apt to form several mistaken impressions of its contents. From the track list and accompanying description you will learn that it is “the companion album to the Morgan Neville documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.” And the long list of “featured” artists suggests the type of lazy, all-star album famous artists tend to phone in during the later stages of their careers. Neither of these impressions corresponds with the considerable riches here. The music is entirely effective independently of the little-publicized film. And, more importantly, the real “featured artists” here are not the named stars (who skew toward younger members of the new acoustic scene like bluegrasser Sarah Jarosz), but the members of the Silk Road Ensemble themselves. The structure of the album, as with so many of the creations of these remarkable artists, is unique. The Silk Road members, and a few visitors, select music of personal significance to them, many of them related in a general way to the theme of home. Then, a guest musician with skills appropriate to the music was added. With a range of source material running from Heart and Soul to Mali to the Balkans to East Asia, the resulting fusions are never less than interesting and are often marvelous. Sample the much-recorded St. James Infirmary Blues (track 11) in its unique realization here with accordionist Michael Ward Bergeman (one of the guest Silk Roaders), Chinese yangqin player Reylon Yount, and the wonderful blues-country vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, a border crosser herself. The album gives insights into the histories of the Silk Road players, and indeed into the musical and personal depth that has made this ensemble one for the ages, and its leader a true musical exemplar of our time.

01 – Green (Vincent’s Tune) [feat. Roomful of Teeth]
02 – O’Neill’s Cavalry March [feat. Martin Hayes]
03 – Little Birdie [feat. Sarah Jarosz]
04 – Ichichila [feat. Balla Kouyaté and Toumani Diabaté]
05 – Sadila Jana [feat. Black Sea Hotel)
06 – Shingashi Song [feat. Kaoru Watanabe]
07 – Madhoushi [feat. Shujaat Khan]
08 – Wedding [feat. Dima Orsho]
09 – Going Home [feat. Abigail Washburn]
10 – Cabaliño [feat. Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos and Roberto Comesaña of Rustica]
11 – St. James Infirmary Blues [feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Michael Ward-Bergeman and Reylon Yount]
12 – If You Shall Return… [feat. Bill Frisell]
13 – Heart and Soul [feat. Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer]


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