Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop Draws Diversity to Central Indiana, June 25–July 1, 2018
Five Free Public Concerts by International Faculty and Participants, June 27-July 1, 2018, Showcase Cross-Cultural Laboratory for Learning New Musical Languages.
Silkroad’s groundbreaking Global Music Workshop will take place for the fourth consecutive year at DePauw University, June 25–July 1, 2018. With a mission of fostering a community of globally minded musicians who learn from one another’s traditions and incorporate them into their own artistic voices, the week will open with intensive workshops and rehearsals, and conclude with five, free nights of outstanding public performances June 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 1.
Begun in 2015, the workshop is directed by frequent DePauw guest artist Mike Block (pictured left) and taught by an all-star international faculty, including members of the famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, representing a diverse range of musical backgrounds from around the world.
In addition to director and multi-style cellist Block, this year's faculty includes Hanneke Cassel (Celtic fiddle); Sandeep Das (Indian tabla); Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon); Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass); Shane Shanahan (world percussion); Danny Mekonnen (saxophone); Hankus Netsky (Klezmer multi-instrumentalist); Bassam Saba (Arabic multi-instrumentalist); Celia Woodsmith (singer, guitarist, and songwriter); and Wu Man (Pipa, composer).
The opening Faculty Concert, Wednesday, June 27, by members of the Silkroad Ensemble and friends, will be given at 7:30 p.m. in Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church (307 Simpson Street), in conjunction with the DePauw School of Music and the Greencastle Summer Music Festival. Featuring multiple Grammy Award-winners from backgrounds as varied as Afro-Latin jazz and traditional styles of Mali, China and India, this wide-ranging concert will showcase individual performers as well as never-before-heard combos, trios and quartets.
The culmination of a full week of collaborative rehearsals and music development will be four equally inspiring Participant Concerts (June 28–July 1), featuring a broad array of styles and instruments, played by workshop participants and faculty. Due to renovations taking place this summer in the Green Center for the Performing Arts, these concerts also will be given at Gobin Methodist Church.
All five performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free of charge, with a free-will offering collected during intermission that directly benefits the GMW Scholarship Fund. More than 40% of participants receive financial assistance each year from Silkroad to attend the workshop.
“Year four of GMW will showcase the largest number of participants gathered to date,” said Block. “We will be forging new collaborations between first-year and returning participants from across the world, led by our stellar faculty line-up, almost all of whom are returning from previous seasons. Our new faculty artist is Celia Woodsmith (pictured right), a Grammy-nominated bluegrass singer, who has toured the far reaches of the world representing the U.S. State Department in the American Music Abroad program.”
Musicians will gather in Greencastle this year from 20 of the 50 U.S. states and 10 countries, and from as far away as Argentina, Australia and Chad, with every student having the opportunity to perform with the Silkroad faculty in the participant concerts at the end of the week.
The 2018 GMW event schedule is also detailed on the School of Music Online Event Calendar at www.music.depauw.edu. View videos and find additional information about the annual workshop by visiting www.silkroadproject.org/posts/gmw-2018.