Yo-Yo Ma’s Moving Piece in Honor of the Halabja Massacre
September 10, 2011
The Silk Road Ensemble is a collaboration, under the guidance of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, between virtuoso musicians and composers from more than twenty countries. Through original compositions and performances, the Ensemble pursues a modern synthesis of musical traditions from the east and west. Among their latest works is the haunting and beautiful “Silent City.” Composed by Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor, the improvisatory piece is Kalhor’s response to a terrible massacre that occurred near the border of Iran and Iraq some 24 years ago.