In May Cristina joined Professor Steve Seidel and Professor Maggie Cavallo at Harvard University for Radcliffe Institute’s “The Four Publics Project”: a seminar exploring social, civic, public and participatory arts. Cristina was honored to be part of such an amazing group of artists, educators and cultivators of civic and social art.
Cristina continues her work as Learning Advisor for Silkroad at Harvard and will be visiting Cambridge a few more times this month.
In the meanwhile, take a look to what the press had to say about the recent Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma tour:
Cellist Yo Yo Ma is one of the biggest names in the classical music world. It was his fame that drew thunderous cheers as he stepped out onto the Van Wezel stage Thursday night, the last of eleven musicians in The Silkroad Ensemble. Yet, with the exception of a searing rendition of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à ľÉternité de Jésus” from Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps with pianist Cristina Pato, Ma was not the star of this show. (…)
Pato, who had already distinguished herself as a goddess on the Galician pipes, composed and narrated My Lethe Story. Painting heartbreaking pictures she wove musical poetry through the story of her own mother’s river of forgetfulness. It was just magical. – The Herald Tribune
In April Cristina is embarked on the Silkroad tour with Yo-Yo Ma. Touring the US with a unique repertory that includes Edward Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, commissioned by Cristina, the cello and piano movement of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, with Yo-Yo Ma on cello and Cristina on piano, and the storytelling piece Cristina composed inspired in her mother’s journey with dementia: My Lethe Story: The River of Forgetfulness. The tour includes also some arrangements of traditional music from around world and new pieces by Ljova, Jia Daqun and Colin Jacobsen.
On May 27, Cristina joins fellow Silk Road Ensemble Members Shane Shanahan and Ko Umezaki for a special screening of Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers hosted by The Muse Seek Project in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Founded by Maria Batlle, the Project fosters inclusion and aims to open up the world of music to deaf children across the Dominican Republic.
Silkroad’s March 2017 residency at Harvard which included lectures, shows and workshops with Yo-Yo Ma, like the Louis C. Elson 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, 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.
Cristina 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 →
After 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: