Listening Quest April 2017: Silk Road Ensemble

Saturday, April 1, 2017 by Vicki Martin | Listening Quest

Time for something a little different! And there’s nothing quite like Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble. Yo-Yo is well known as a classical cello player, and The Silk Road Ensemble is a group of musicians he formed that play music from the Silk Road region of the world – including China, India, and Arabia – using traditional instruments, but not necessarily from one country or tradition at a time. For this song, they also team up a couple of jazz vocalists, Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer. Put a little classical, a little traditional eastern, and a little jazz all together, and you get a version of Heart and Soul that’s as fusion and crossover as you can get!

Extra Exploring: Try couple of other songs by The Silk Road Ensemble that are a little more eastern in flavour!