PRI Interview with Yo-Yo Ma & Cristina Pato

Music of StrangersYou can now listen online to the interview that Yo-Yo Ma and Cristina gave to Public Radio International, discussing the work of the Silk Road Ensemble, on the occasion of the upcoming theatrical release of Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers next June 10th.

Here’s the link to the original article How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together →

Cristina has also given several other interviews recently, including one with Steve Seidel for the podcast Harvard EdCast →, discussing the institute The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Also, for Cristina’s alma mater Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts On the (Silk) Road: Alum Cristina Pato discusses life as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble →. Lastly, for the Universidad de Navarra’s magazine Nuestro tiempo: El talento es una responsabilidad social (pdf) →

In other news, Cristina has participated as part of the jury in the M-PRIZE, an international Chamber Arts competition based in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance, and the one with the biggest financial award. The competition was created by Aaron Dworkin, founder of Sphinx Organization and Dean of the aforementioned School.

Pictures from Cristina’s Tour with Lil Buck

Below you can find some pictures from Cristina’s Tour with Lil Buck. The show has been widely acclaimed by the critics. Here’s an excerpt from CVNC: An Online Arts Journal in North Carolina:

Dressed in white T-shirts, closefitting black jeans and white and black sneakers, the dancers appeared from nowhere to twist and twirl below the stage before curtain-up. It was like the genie had gotten out of the lamp – in duplicate. Bounding onto the stage, the two came under the spell of Christina Pato’s gaita – Galician bagpipes – writhing and twining and shimmering to its sinuous sounds. The image was amazing. She was sleek in black leggings and high heeled black patent leather pumps, with the bag of the pipes plump over her torso as she blew her tune like a snake charmer and the dancers rose up on their tippy toes in response. Soon she was dancing, too – the music spoke through all three bodies.

Cristina Pato & Lil Buck
Cristina Pato & Lil Buck
Cristina Pato & Lil Buck
Cristina Pato & Lil Buck
Cristina Pato & Lil Buck

Sing Me Home, Silk Road’s New Album Now Available

Sing Me HomeThe new album from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is now available. Here are the links to iTunes and Amazon.

Titled Sing Me Home, the album explores the ever-changing idea of home through original and traditional folk tunes interpreted by the Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, and a range of remarkable guest artists, including Galician musicians and Rústica members Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos and Roberto Comesaña, that Cristina brought to the Silk Road to record the song Cabaliño, a new arrangement of this beautiful traditional Galician song. Other renowned artist include Gregory Porter, Bill Frisell, Sarah Jarosz, and Abigail Washburn.