This is a shortened version of the article published on July 19th.
The world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma has released his third recording of the Bach cello suites but perhaps more importantly, he is performing them in a series of concerts to highlight the need for connection between people in our increasingly divided world. Yo-Yo Ma’s aim with ‘The Bach Project’ (which began in 2018) is to perform 36 concerts in six continents. Using the ‘universality’ of this music to communicate across boundaries, Yo-Yo Ma believes that the arts provide just one way of connecting with people and deepening our understanding of one another. The need for making such connections is urgent and he is using his skills and renown as a cellist to further the conversation. Each concert is followed by a day of action to bring attention to this issue and to talk about a way forward for the future of our world.
Particularly poignant was the performance beside the US/Mexican border. Yo-Yo Ma said “… in culture, we build bridges, not walls”.
There are six concerts still to go: in the US, Lebanon, South Korea, two in Australia and one in New Zealand.
Find out more at The Bach Project
Find out too about Yo-Yo Ma’s ongoing Silk Road Project which began as a group of exceptional musicians from different cultures performing music together in a unique collaboration (Silk Road Ensemble) and has grown to encompass education projects with the aim of creating a world that values our global cultural riches and brings people together to share, collaborate and make connections.
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Watched the ‘Silk Road Ensemble’ programme on BBC4 last night – very inspiring stuff! Yo-Yo Ma is an amazing musician and wonderful human being.
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Yes, he really is. I have been following Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for years as well as his other collaborations but only just caught up with the documentary on iPlayer … thanks for the reminder. It’s a really exciting project. Have their CDs but would love to hear them live.