Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble won the best world music album Grammy Award for the 2016 album Sing Me Home, featuring tunes from Ireland to Japan, and from Mali to America.
American-Chinese music veteran Yo-Yo Ma, already a winner of 17 Grammy awards, has released 6 CDs with the international ensemble.
The ensemble, named after the instruments from the Silk road region it uses, is not a fixed group of musicians but a large loose collective of more established members, such as Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh player and composer on many of the ensembles’ albums, and guest collaborators such as Kurdish singer Aynur Dogan from Turkey.
The record also features New York-based Syrian clarinet player Kinan Azmeh, who was recently stranded overseas when the travel ban was imposed on 7 muslim countries.
The ensemble is the subject of Morgan Neville’s 2016 documentary The Music of Strangers.