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Silkroad’s Harvard Residency

A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma with Wu Tong and Cristina Pato
A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma with Wu Tong and Cristina Pato
A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma with Wu Tong and Cristina Pato
My Lethe Story

Silkroad’s March 2017 residency at Harvard which included lectures, shows and workshops with Yo-Yo Ma, like the Louis C. Elon Lecture pictured above, was culminated with a Silk Road Ensemble’s concert at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre that featured Cristina’s piece My Lethe Story. The piece, inspired by Cristina’s own mother memory loss, explores the role that music, and arts in general, plays in healing. You can listen to Cristina and Lisa Wong, co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School, reflect on the topic here →

My Lethe Story will also be featured in an upcoming performance that Cristina will give together with musicians from the University of California Santa Barbara, in an event that will combine music and discussion, titled The Arts of Memory: Music Meets Neuroscience.

Cristina Pato to Teach this Semester at Harvard University

Harvard Extension SchoolCristina Pato, together with fellow Silkroad member Shane Shanahan, will teach this semester at the Harvard University Department of Music, as Blodgett Distinguished Artists in Residence. The Blodgett Artist-in-Residence program has been at Harvard for 22 years and provides for distinguished artists and ensembles to spend time at the Department of Music and also invites artists to lecture and perform in a variety of musical disciplines.

Cristina will be teaching at the Department of Ethnomusicology in the new course “Performing Musical Difference: Case Studies from the Silk Road Project,” directed by Kay Kaufman Shelemay, in cooperation with musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble. It will explore the social processes and ethical challenges of intercultural musical exchange, composition, and performance, with the humanistic goal of creating “unexpected connections, collaborations, and communities in pursuit of meaningful change,”

This is one more step in Cristina’s collaboration with Harvard University, as she has been teaching classes in the summers and at different courses throughout the academic year at the Department of Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education) on the power of the arts in education and society (Arts and Passion Driven Summer Institute, or the latest one on Arts and Healing), in collaboration with the Silk Road project, which has a residency at the University and for which Cristina serves as educational advisor.

You can find more information here → and you can watch the presentation video → featuring Cristina Pato herself.

Cristina Pato is nominated for two Grammy Awards

splendortvCristina Pato is nominated for two Grammy Awards. Sing Me Home, the latest album from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble has been nominated for a Grammy for Best World Music Album. The album features 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.

On top of that, Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Music Film. Cristina has recently been promoting the film in several Italian cities, including Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Naples and Sorrento, and was featured in TV and Radio shows at RAI, the journal La Republica and Sky HD TV. You can watch her appearances in this videos here → and here →

Cristina has received the news of the Grammy nominations in Harvard, where she is presenting a conference on the power of Arts in Healing: Rhythms of Life: A Conversation on the Arts and Healing with Silkroad – HARVARD

The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Asian Tour

Vail Dance Festival ReMix NYCAfter the successful concerts with Lil Buck (see picture above) and her own Quartet, Cristina is about to set sail with the Silkroad Ensemble for their Asian Tour, that will take them to the main cities of China, Korea and Taiwan. Here’s the list:

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On her way back to the US, Cristina will make a few stops in Italy, in a promotion tour of Morgan Neville’s documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble:

Tour with Lil Buck and Mason Gross Magazine

Cristina Pato & Lil Buck
Mason Gross Magazine - Fall 2016

Cristina continues her collaboration with Memphis Jookin dance phenomenon Lil Buck. On October 25, they performed at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, and the first week of November they will meet again to take part in the Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC, directed by Damian Woetzel, that will take place at the New York City Center between November 3rd and the 6th.

Cristina was also featured on the cover of the Fall 2016 issue of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, her alma mater, on occasion of her 10th anniversary as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. You can read the interview here (pdf) →

In other news, Cristina’s performance at the Mondoñedo’s Cathedral was a great success, with long queues of people waiting to see the historic concert. Here are some pictures:

El Correo Gallego – 16/10/16
Cristina Pato - Catedral de Mondoñedo
Cristina Pato - Catedral de Mondoñedo

Cristina Pato in TVG Show “O Gato con Botas”

Cristina Pato was chosen to be featured in the premiere of the new season of TVG talk show “O Gato con Botas”, hosted by legendary actor and comedian Manuel Manquiña. The hour long program was focused on Cristina’s more personal and human side and her everyday life. They spent a whole day with her family, while the actor and the musician talked about Cristina’s professional career in the last 18 years. Manquiña and Cristina visited the latter’s favourite places like Ourense’s Cathedral, they walked around the Old Town, had some tapas and a coffe, and more importantly, they met the main pillar of Cristina’s life, her mother Maruxa, whom they picked up at AFAOR (Alzheimer’s Deasease Families Association) to have a little chat about life and remind us, while doing so, that memory loss is nowadays part of our lifes, and that things are more bearable with a song…

Here’s the link to watch it online →

Cristina Pato - O Gato con Botas
Cristina Pato - O Gato con Botas
Cristina Pato - O Gato con Botas
Cristina Pato - O Gato con Botas
Cristina Pato - O Gato con Botas
Cristina Pato - O Gato con Botas

Events for the Fall Season

Cristina Pato & Wu Tong © Max Whittaker

Cristina Pato & Wu Tong © Max Whittaker


Before diving right in into the fall season, Cristina bid farewell to the summer in Tenerife taking part in the 50th Anniversary celebration of Los Sabandeños, with renowned timple player Benito Cabrera.

Cristina continues presenting the premiere of The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble all around the world, this time attending the Gilde Filmpreis 2016 in Leipzig, Germany, between September 21st and the 24th, before heading back to the US where she will be performing with Lil Buck in Santa Barbara, California (October 25)

Cristina has also several performances with her Quartet scheduled for November, including Wolftrap (November 11) → and the Staller Center (November 12) →. Don’t miss it if you are nearby and, just to get you going, check out this video of the Quartet performing live →.

And speaking of Silkroad, the dates for their upcoming Asian Tour have been announced. Here’s the list:

  • November 14, 2016: Qingdao, China
  • November 16, 2016: Beijing, China
  • November 18, 2016: Seoul, Korea
  • November 20, 2016: Taipei, Taiwan

Cristina’s educational engagements for this fall include residencies at Santa Clara University, the University of California Santa Barbara, as well as Harvard University.