Nova Exclusive! Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is one of the world’s most popular classical musicians, and here in this documentary by Morgan Neville, the Academy Award-winning director of Twenty Feet From Stardom, viewers can see Ma put together and travel around the world with his most beloved musical project: The Silk Road Ensemble.
A seed of an idea that grew into a globe-spanning collective, Ma dreamt of bringing together musicians, singers, composers and artists from the countries that comprise the traditional Silk Road trading route, from the Middle East stretching across Asia to China, playing instruments endemic to their regions. In the face of political unrest, dislocation, conflicting outlooks and cultural clash, Ma strove to prove that his melting pot ensemble could transcend politics and borders, and create truly unique music together. An exciting and heart-warming account of artists coming together, as well as a portrait of a beloved master musician, THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS is a joyous celebration of the power of music.
Release Date: January 5, 2017
Running time: 1hr 36mins