The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road EnsembleThe Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble was conceived by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, and consists of a diverse and rotating lineup of instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and storytellers from around the world. The collective exemplifies music's ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures, and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. From director Morgan Neville, the creator of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and critically hailed Best of Enemies, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble follows several talented members of the ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews, behind-the-scene footage and archival film, Neville focuses on the journeys of these Silk Road Ensemble mainstays to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the film paints a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.