New Impossibilities

New Impossibilities


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New Impossibilities

Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble are on the move again, trekking to Chicago for this live-performance CD, New Impossibilities. It's the latest offering in the cellist's ambitious Silk Road Project, which aims to explore musical crosscurrents along the ancient trade route stretching from the Far East to Europe. Ma gets plenty of help in this endeavor: A thesaurus of Asian instruments, from oud to pipa to shakuhachi, join Ma's cello, producing a menagerie of colorful sounds, and the estimable Chicago Symphony Orchestra pitches in on a few tracks, too. Fittingly, the album rounds up a virtual caravan of composers, including the Lebanese Rabih Abou-Khalil, the Argentine Osvaldo Golijov, the Chinese Zhou Long and Hai-Hai Huang, the Indian Sandeep Das, and the Iranian Kayhan Kalhor. Their music ranges across the expressive map, from Abou-Khalil's whirling Arabian Waltz to the whimsical equine imitations of Huang's Galloping Horses, and from the moving lamentation of Kahlor's Silent City to the cinematic thrill of the traditional Chinese Ambush from Ten Sides. Golijov is the best-known composer represented, with a handful of major-label albums in circulation, and his Night of the Flying Horses explores the folksy Eastern European styles of doina and klezmer, starting off poignantly and winding up joyfully, while Long's Song of the Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets is no less evocative, summoning the Chicago Symphony's descriptive powers to the fullest. To get an idea of Vocussion, imagine human voices imitating a freewheeling drum circle (including the tabla, an instrument given its due in Das's Shristi). It's a playful cross-cultural fusion that, along with a "hidden track" jamboree, closes the album on a good-humored note. What better way to bring home Ma's humane message of celebrating diversity through teamwork?

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2007
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886971031928
catalogNumber: 710319
Rank: 82881

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist,Cello
Silk Road Ensemble   Primary Artist
Wu Man   Pipa
Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kayhan Kalhor   Kamanche
Colin Jacobsen   Violin
Yang Wei   Pipa
Kojiro Umezaki   Shakuhachi
Nick Cords   Viola
Sandeep Das   Percussion,Tabla,Vocals
Shane Shanahan   Dumbek,Percussion,Vocals,Caxixi,Conch Shell,Rattles
Lin Liu   Guitar
Silk Road Ensemble   Ensemble
Joseph Gramley   Percussion,Tom-Tom,Vocals,Caxixi,Snare Drums
Jonathan Gandelsman   Violin
Daxun Zhang   Bass,Double Bass
Mark Suter   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals,Bodhran,Cajon
Dong-Won Kim   Percussion,Vocals
Miguel Harth Bedoya   Conductor
Wu Tong   Sheng,Xun
Eric Jacobsen   Cello
Qi Lin   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Rabih Abou-Khalil   Composer
David Frost   Producer
Laura Fried   Contributor
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Kayhan Kalhor   Composer
Ed Sweeny   Office Coordinator
Christopher Willis   Engineer
Cristin Bagnall   Executive Producer
Sandeep Das   Composer
Mark Twain   Author
Laura Kszan   Editorial Production
Osvaldo Golijov   Composer
Megan Campbell   Program Coordinator
Shane Shanahan   Composer
Joseph Gramley   Composer
Laura Freid   Contributor
Isabelle Hunter   Program Director
China Magpie   Arranger
John Von Rhein   Liner Notes
Andy Russ   Producer
Li Cang Sang   Arranger
Mark Suter   Composer,Contributor
Hai-Hai Huang   Composer
Dong-Won Kim   Composer
Unspecified   Composer
Zhou Long   Composer
Edward P. Sweeney   Office Coordinator
Hui Li   Arranger
Lui Lin   Arranger
Xiang Gao   Arranger
Wu Tung   Arranger

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