|8:30PM||Live Music by Ljova and Mathias Kunzli|
|10:30PM||Q&A with filmmaker Morgan Neville|
|11:00PM||After Party sponsored by Stella Artois|
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The extraordinary story of the renowned musical collective created by Yo-Yo Ma. Presented in Partnership with: The Orchard
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Morgan Neville | USA | 96 min.)
From the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.
Presented in Partnership with: The Orchard. In theaters June 10
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile… an eclectic with an ear for texture… strikingly original and soulful”, LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in 1978 in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York with his parents, composer Alexander Zhurbin and writer Irena Ginzburg, in 1990. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & musical arranger. Among recent projects is a commission from the City of London Sinfonia, a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider new works for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, The Knights, Sybarite5 and A Far Cry, as well arrangements for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Alan Pierson and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, tenor Javier Camarena, conductor Alondra de la Parra, the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, composer/guitarist Gustavo Santaolalla, and collaborations with choreographers Aszure Barton, Damian Woetzel, Christopher Wheeldon, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (with Parsons Dance) and Eduardo Vilaro (with Ballet Hispanico).
Swiss multi-disciplined drummer/percussionist Mathias Künzli has become ubiquitous in the New York City music scene. After receiving two scholarships from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music he moved to the States. Kunzli has appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and numerous arenas around the globe. Mathias released an album called “Playground” - a live recording of an all-improvised solo-show in NYC. He has collaborated with Regina Spektor, Moby, Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Vieux Farka Toure, Randy Brecker, Brooklyn Rider, Marc Ribot, John Zorn, Jamey Haddad, Yanka Roupkina, Theodosii Spassov, Bakithi Kumalo, Savina Yannatou, The Paul Winter Consort, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Frank London, Gina Gershon, Kayhan Kalhor, Ljova and the Kontraband, Steve Gorn, Howard Johnson and more.