The Music of Strangers

( USA / 2015 )
From the director of the Oscar® -winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, and the critically-acclaimed Best of Enemies, The Music of Strangers tells the extraordinary story of The Silk Road Ensemble, an international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Sound of Silk 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.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 96 min.
Theme: Arts and Culture, Creative, Education, Globalization, Music, Society
Language(s): English
Director(s): Morgan Neville
Producer(s): Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers
Available regions: Canada, United States
The Music of Strangers

Press

  • Press Kit
  • "MUSICALLY DELIGHTFUL! A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate... the spirit of hybrid creativity is infectious."
    Hollywood Reporter
    John DeFore
  • “POWERFUL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING!”
    Exclaim.Ca
    Matthew Ritchie
  • “A TOTAL BLAST! SPIRITUALLY TRANSPORTING” Transporting in the spiritual as well as the sonic sense. totally blissful!”
    LA Daily News
    Bob Strauss
  • "AN IRRESISTIBLE KALEIDOSCOPE (OF MUSIC AND GOOD FELLOWSHIP)... FINDS POETRY IN THE ABILITY OF MUSIC TO BRING US HOME AGAIN, WHEREVER WE MAY TRAVEL."
    The Seattle Times
    Moira MacDonald
  • "WONDERFUL! A world tour of sights and sounds. The performances are just as impressive as the showstopping numbers of TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. A symphony for the eyes and ears alike!"
    POV Magazine
    Patrick Mullen
  • "CONSISTENTLY ALIVE! So fun to watch. It's most insightful message: changing the world through music."
    RogerEbert.com
    Tina Hassania
  • “ENTERTAINING! Yo-Yo Ma is charming and funny”
    Boston Globe
    Janice Page
  • "Offers an INSPIRING LOOK at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don’t need to speak a common language: THEIR DAZZLING MUSIC SAYS IT ALL"
    Washington Post
  • "An AFFIRMATIVE ANSWER to Leonard Bernstein's question of whether music can truly serve as a 'UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE'."
    Chicago Reader
  • "...spiritual...delicious and COMPLETELY IRRESISTIBLE"
    StarTribune
  • "It’s COMPELLING, and of course the music, taken from all parts of the world and played by musicians on every sort of instrument, is INTRIGUING."
    Arizona Republic
  • "An AURAL CELEBRATION that’s about using the past to break free of boundaries."
    Variety
  • "...lovely to watch...even more BEAUTIFUL TO HEAR."
    NY Times
  • "A JOYOUS REVELATION, a group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another."
    The Wall Street Journal

Festival participation

  • Berlinale
  • Perth International Arts Festival
  • Full Frame Festival
  • Miami International Film Festival
  • Toronto Film Festival
  • San Francisco Film Festival

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