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THE SILK ROAD:
A Musical Caravan

One in the Smithsonian Folkways series

Artist: Various

What if Marco Polo had owned a tape recorder? And what if his epic travels along the Silk Road had taken place not at the end of the 13th century, but at the beginning of the 21st? Far-fetched conjectures to be sure, but this compilation offers a glimpse of the rich musical life that an intrepid and curious traveller like Marco Polo might find in the lands of the Silk Road today.

Produced in collaboration with The Silk Road Project, an international cultural initiative founded by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, this 2- CD set presents traditional music from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other Central Eurasian nations and peoples. Most of these tracks were recorded on location and have never before been commercially available.

With every purchase comes documentation that explains not just the sounds but their circumstances -- their who, what, when and why. Also includes an introduction written by Silk Road Project Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma.

$28.00 (2 CDs)
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