Silkroad Recordings

Silkroad’s music is contemporary and ancient, familiar and foreign, traditional and innovative, drawing on traditions from around the world to create a new musical language that reflects our 21st-century global society.

In every performance and recording, we hope to lead a listener from a well-known place to somewhere new. Whether our pieces are created individually or collaboratively, written or improvised, invented or passed on, music making with this group is a joyous process.

Silkroad has recorded six albums:

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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick (Original Soundtrack)

The Silkroad Ensemble drew on traditional and popular Vietnamese and American songs to create music for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary series that reminds us that there is no single truth in war. (2017, In a Circle Records)

  1. The Wounded Soldier (feat. Colin Jacobsen)
  2. Traveling Music
  3. Improvisation
  4. Uot Mi (feat. Cristina Pato)
  5. The Wounded Soldier Reprise (feat. Haruka Fujii)
  6. People and Fighters Unite
  7. Lullaby
  8. The Wounded Soldier Finale (feat. Nicholas Cords)
  9. We Shall Overcome
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Sing Me Home

Explore the ever-changing idea of home through original and traditional folk tunes interpreted by the Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, and a range of remarkable guest artists. (2016, Sony Masterworks)

  1. Green (Vincent’s Tune) (feat. Roomful of Teeth)
  2. O’Neill’s Cavalry March (feat. Martin Hayes)
  3. Little Birdie (feat. Sarah Jarosz)
  4. Ichichila (feat. Balla Kouyaté and Toumani Diabaté)
  5. Sadila Jana (feat. Black Sea Hotel)
  6. Shingashi Song (feat. Kaoru Watanabe)
  7. Madhoushi (feat. Shujaat Khan)
  8. Wedding (feat. Dima Orsho)
  9. Going Home (feat. Abigail Washburn)
  10. Cabaliño (feat. Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos and Roberto Comesaña of Rustica)
  11. St. James Infirmary Blues (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Michael Ward-Bergeman and Reylon Yount)
  12. If You Shall Return… (feat. Bill Frisell)
  13. Heart and Soul (feat. Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer)
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A Playlist Without Borders

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma (2013, Sony Masterworks)

The deluxe edition of this album includes a DVD of Live from Tanglewood, directed by Morgan Neville.

  1. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Pt. Zero
  2. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Pt. One
  3. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Pt. Two
  4. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Pt. Three
  5. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Pt. Four
  6. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Pt. Five
  7. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Cristina’s Interlude
  8. Playlist For An Extreme Occasion: Pt. Six
  9. Night Thoughts
  10. Saidi Swing
  11. Partita for Cello Solo, Op. 31: Allegretto
  12. Atashgah
  13. Cut The Rug: Drag The Goat
  14. Cut The Rug: Bury The Hatchet
  15. Cut The Rug: Move The Earth
  16. Cut The Rug: Wake The Dead
  17. Briel
  18. Summer in the High Grassland
  19. Gaita-Suona Fanfare

Off the Map

The Silk Road Ensemble (2009, World Village, In A Circle Records)

  1. Ritmos Anchinos: I. Harawi para Colquipocro
  2. Ritmos Anchinos: II. Charangos de Chincha
  3. Ritmos Anchinos: III. Kachampa
  4. Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain: I. Silent Field
  5. Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain: II. Rain
  6. Sulvasutra: I. Ka
  7. Sulvasutra: II. Agni
  8. Sulvasutra: III. Letter to Pythagoras
  9. Air to Air: I. Wah Habbibi (My Beloved)
  10. Air to Air: II. Aiini Taqtiru (My Eyes Weep)
  11. Air to Air: III. K’in Sventa Ch’ul Me’tik Kwadalupe (Ritual for the Holy Mother of Guadalupe)
  12. Air to Air: IV. Tancas Serradas a Muru (Walls Are Encircling the Land)

New Impossibilities

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2007, Sony Classical)

  1. Arabian Waltz
  2. Night of the Flying Horses
  3. Galloping Horses
  4. Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets, from Poems from Tang
  5. When the Wind Circles (Bonus Track)
  6. Shristi
  7. The Silent City
  8. Ambush from Ten Sides for Pipa, Sheng, Guitar, Cello and Orchestra
  9. Vocussion
  10. Night At the Caravanserai (Bonus Track)

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma (2005, Sony Classical)

  1. Mohini (Enchantment)
  2. Oasis
  3. Distant Green Valley
  4. Akhalqalaqi Dance
  5. Echoes of a Lost City
  6. Mountains Are Far Away
  7. Yanzi (Swallow Song)
  8. Battle Remembered
  9. Summer in the High Grassland
  10. Kor Arab (The Blind Arab)
  11. Shikasta (Minstrel’s Song)
  12. Night At the Caravanserai
  13. Gallop of a Thousand Horses
  14. Tarang (Currents)
  15. Sacred Cloud Music

Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma (2001, Sony Classical)

  1. Mongolian Traditional Longsong
  2. Legend of Herlen
  3. Blue Little Flower (Chinese Traditional)
  4. Mido Mountain (Chinese Traditional)
  5. Moon Over Guan Mountain
  6. Five Finnish Folk Songs: III. Miero vuotti uutta kuuta
  7. Five Finnish Folk Songs: V. Joiku
  8. Persian Traditional Avaz-e Dashti
  9. Habil-Sayagy (In Habil’s Style)
  10. Blue As the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
  11. Chi passa per’sta strada
  12. Desert Capriccio (Music from the Film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”)

Silkroad musicians also appear on these recordings:


Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road

Chicago Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Silk Road Ensemble, featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man (2008, CSO-Resound)


The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan

Traditional music from along the Silk Road (2002, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)