Sing Me Home

Sing Me Home

by Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma


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The potential buyer encountering this release by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is apt to form several mistaken impressions of its contents. From the track list and accompanying description you will learn that it is "the companion album to the Morgan Neville documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble." And the long list of "featured" artists suggests the type of lazy, all-star album famous artists tend to phone in during the later stages of their careers. Neither of these impressions correspond with the considerable riches here. The music is entirely effective independently of the little-publicized film. And, more importantly, the real "featured artists" here are not the named stars (who skew toward younger members of the new acoustic scene like bluegrasser Sarah Jarosz), but the members of the Silk Road Ensemble themselves. The structure of the album, as with so many of the creations of these remarkable artists, is unique. The Silk Road members, and a few visitors, select music of personal significance to them, many of them related in a general way to the theme of home. Then, a guest musician with skills appropriate to the music was added. With a range of source material running from "Heart and Soul" to Mali to the Balkans to East Asia, the resulting fusions are never less than interesting and are often marvelous. Sample the much-recorded "St. James Infirmary Blues" (track 11) in its unique realization here with accordionist Michael Ward Bergeman (one of the guest Silk Roaders), Chinese yangqin player Reylon Yount, and the wonderful blues-country vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, a border crosser herself. The album gives insights into the histories of the Silk Road players, and indeed into the musical and personal depths that have made this ensemble one for the ages, and its leader a true musical exemplar of our time.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2016
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0888751810129
catalogNumber: 518101
Rank: 4913

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist,Cello
Lisa Fischer   Vocals
Shujaat Khan   Sitar,Vocals
Martin Hayes   Irish Fiddle
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Wu Man   Pipa
Toumani Diabaté   Kora
Kaoru Watanabe   Miya-daiko,taiko,Daiko Drum,Shime Taiko
Kayhan Kalhor   Kamanche
Colin Jacobsen   Violin
Jessie Montgomery   Violin
Kojiro Umezaki   Shakuhachi
Nick Cords   Viola
Sandeep Das   Tabla
Caroline Shaw   Vocals
Shane Shanahan   Bass Drums,Darbouka,Caxixi,Calabash,Davul,Riqq,Frame Drum,Pipe Snare Drum,Doira,Tef
Abigail Washburn   Banjo,Cello,Vocals
Michael Ward Bergeman   Accordion
Sarah Small   Vocals
Silk Road Ensemble   Ensemble
Joseph Gramley   Percussion,Bongos,Cymbals,Marimbas,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Darbouka,Vibes,Clay Pot,Crotale
Jonathan Gandelsman   Violin
Mark Suter   Caxixi,Cajon,Rattle
Sarah Jarosz   Vocals
Mike Block   Cello
Cameron Beauchamp   Vocals
Balla Kouyate   Balafon
Wu Tong   Vocals,Sheng,Bawu,Suono
Willa Roberts   Vocals
Kinan Azmeh   Clarinet
Eric Jacobsen   Cello
Gregory Porter   Vocals
Anxo Pintos   Musician
Rhiannon Giddens   Vocals
Cristina Pato   Piano,Gaita
Shawn Conley   Bass
Haruka Fujii   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Gong,Bells,Shaker,Chinese Cymbals,Wind Gong,Shime Taiko
Virginia Warnken   Vocals
Dima Orsho   Vocals
Estelí Gomez   Vocals
Roberto Comesaña   Accordion
Jeffrey Beecher   Bass
Davide Salvado   Tambourine,Vocals
Reylon Yount   Yangqin
Shelley Thomas   Vocals
Jessica Shuttleworth   Multi-Media

Technical Credits

Antonin Dvorák   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Yo-Yo Ma   Liner Notes,Artistic Director
Ed Sweeney   Business Consultant
Frank Loesser   Composer
Shujaat Khan   Arranger
Kevin Killen   Producer,Engineer
Wu Man   Composer,Liner Notes
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Liner Notes
Evan Ziporyn   Arranger
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Colin Jacobsen   Arranger,Liner Notes
Kojiro Umezaki   Composer,Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Jody Elff   Engineer
Sandeep Das   Composer,Liner Notes
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Jeremy Kittel   Arranger,Liner Notes
Shane Shanahan   Arranger,Liner Notes
Michael Ward Bergeman   Arranger,Liner Notes
Ljova   Arranger
Sarah Small   Arranger,Liner Notes
Jonathan Gandelsman   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Cristin Canterbury   Executive Producer
William Arms Fisher   Lyricist
Kinan Azmeh   Composer,Liner Notes
Kyle Sanna   Arranger
Anxo Pintos   Arranger
Cristina Pato   Liner Notes
Haruka Fujii   Arranger,Liner Notes
Christopher Marion   Director
Hu Jianbing   Composer
Ben Mandelkern   Communications Director
Xabier Olite   Engineer
Ustad Vilayat   Composer
Jessica Shuttleworth   Event Coordinator

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