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An Evening with The Muse Seek Project in Santo Domingo

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.

The screening will be followed by a performance and panel discussion. More info at The Muse Seek Project website

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. 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 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:

Silkroad Ensemble Summer Tour and a Picture from Tavolara

Cinema Tavolara

Just returned from the beautiful island of Tavolara off the coast of Sardegna, where she attended the Festival del Cinema di Tavolara for the screening of Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, Cristina is now warming up for the Silkroad Summer Tour that will take the ensemble to ten cities across the US, from August 7 to August 21.

Here’s a little video, just to get you going:

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 →
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