Introduction to Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Project
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This presentation is by a student from "Acting Up - Using Theater & Technology for Social Change," part of the online education program at The School for New Learning. Tom Tresser, instructor - ...

This presentation is by a student from "Acting Up - Using Theater & Technology for Social Change," part of the online education program at The School for New Learning. Tom Tresser, instructor - http://www.tresser.com

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    Introduction to Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Project Introduction to Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Project Presentation Transcript

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    • Who is Yo-Yo Ma?
      • World renounced Cello Player
      • Born in France to Chinese parents in 1955.
      • Child prodigy; played Carnegie hall at age 9.
      • Studied at Julliard and Harvard. Honorary PhD from Harvard.
      • Won 15 Grammys, many musical awards and is a cultural connect ambassador for the US.
      • Started a nonprofit organization called:
      • The Silk Road Project.
    • If you haven’t heard Yo-yo Ma….. You can hear his music right now! Turn up your volume & click the speaker phone to the left Or….. Here’s some samples of his music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elm16AXW_sE&feature=fvst http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXSqZAEOn2c
    • The Silk Road Project http://www.Silkroadproject.org
      • Started in 1998 by Yo-Yo Ma.
      • Mission:
      • “ Inspired by the cultural traditions of the historical Silk Road, the Silk Road Project is a catalyst promoting innovation and learning through the arts. Our vision is to connect the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe.”
      • Three faucets of the Silk Road Project:
      • Silk Road Ensemble
      • Silk Road Connect
      • SPICE
    • What is the “Silk Road” ?
      • “ The Silk Road” is not just ONE road, rather, it is a series of roads that became an ancient trading route, coming to the height of its activity during the Tang Dynasty, around 740 AD.
      • The trade road stretched from China to the Mediterranean, approximately 7,000 miles.
      • The Silk Road wasn’t just for transporting silk; medicine, religion, science and culture transcended these trade routes as well.
      • Religion, music and instruments spread in popularity along the trade route, bringing Buddhism from India to China, as well as bringing Christianity along too, from foreign traders on the route.
      • By 740 AD the trade on the Silk Road had declined.
      • Today there are still over 45,000 murals, 2,000 statues and a plethora of religion and art with an Indian influence remain.
    • Silk Road Ensemble
      • Consists of professional orchestra members who represent 20 different countries!
      • Together they create music and travel across the North America, Europe, and Asia
      • 5 albums total, winning world recognition.
      • Play and expose audiences to instruments that would have been played along the silk road, including (but not limited to) ……
    • Kamancheh Morin Khuur Pipa
    • Silk Road Connect
      • Yo-yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble interacts with underserved middle and high school students in the New York City area to help them move past music theory to self expression through music.
    • SPICE
      • aka: Stanford Program on International Cross
      • Cultural Education
      • Provides teachers with lesson plans about the history
      • of the Silk Road, Silk Road Project and incorporating music into classrooms.
      • Download lesson plans here!