Tuesday, July 28, 2020
– Rhiannon Giddens is the new artistic director of the Silk Road Ensemble.
"Proud to share that I will be stepping in to replace Yo-Yo Ma as the new Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble," Giddens said on Facebook.
The Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of dozens of musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers from Eurasian cultures and not a fixed group.
Giddens is known for being part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and then forging her own solo career.
Giddens said, "My keenest desire for Silkroad is a sharpening and reinterpretation of what it means for the 'right now.' That it becomes obvious to all that Silkroad is as American as it is possible to get in spirit, even as many of the players are from elsewhere; for what is more American than the gathering of influences from disparate areas of the globe to create something unique and fantastic."
<"I am thankful to the board, staff, and musicians for this opportunity to magnify the incredible work that they're doing into an even greater ability to effect change."
Silk Road will performe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Series tomorrow.