The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan
Produced in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, this 2-CD set presents a carefully curated selection of traditional musical masterpieces from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian nations and peoples linked by the Silk Road. The trade routes collectively known as the Silk Road crisscrossed from China to the Middle East and Europe from around 200 BCE to 1500 CE, and represented civilization's first great period of globalization -- an unprecedented cross-pollination of art, technology, fashion, and ideas. The legacy of these centuries of cultural exchange is a dense web of human connectedness that has yielded remarkable music, vibrantly performed on these CDs by some of the greatest exponents of their traditions. See also Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.