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 →
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
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:
- November 14, 2016: Qingdao, China
- November 16, 2016: Beijing, China
- November 18, 2016: Seoul, Korea
- November 20, 2016: Taipei, Taiwan
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:
You 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 →
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.
In case you are so eager in anticipation as we are for Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, the documentary film that tells the story of the Silk Road and some of its members, including Cristina, you can now watch the Official Trailer at the bottom of this post.
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will be released in US theaters on June 10th.
In other news, Cristina’s album with Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos and Roberto Comesaña, Rústica, has been selected finalist by a professional jury for the Independent Music Awards, in the category “Best Galician Album”. You can vote for it here →
The awards ceremony will take place on April 19th in the Teatro Nuevo Apolo in Madrid.