Fri, Mar 01, 2002 - Page 8 News List

Silk Road runs through Taipei

By Elise Hu  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Internationally renowned cellist Yo-yo Ma (馬友友) brings his talent to

Taipei next week for a one-time performance, a stop along his Silk Road

Project tour.

The Silk Road Project, founded by Ma in 1998, seeks to celebrate music from

the various cultures along the historic land and sea routes that comprise

the Silk Road. The ancient trade route extended from the easternmost part of

Asia to Europe. His concert repertoire will include commissioned pieces

composed for specially created Silk Road ensembles and aims to bring the

cultural influences and musical viewpoints he has come across in his world

travels to light.

"Throughout my travels, I have thought about the culture, religion and ideas

that have been influential for centuries along the Silk Road, and have

wondered how new musical voices were formed from the diversity of these

traditions," said Ma, who continually strives to find new ways to

communicate his passion to audiences.

So far this year, the international tour has taken the Chinese-American Ma

to the Netherlands and Germany. Asian stops include Taipei, Beijing, and

Shanghai. He takes the stage of the National Concert Hall on Tuesday

evening.

To learn more about the Silk Road project, which acts as an umbrella

organization for various cultural and musical programs, visit its Web site

at www.silkroadproject.org.

For the limited tickets still available for Ma's concert, call 02-2341-9898.

Prices range from NT$1,200 to NT$4,800.

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