Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble represent dozens of artistic traditions and countries, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States.
The Ensemble is a musical collective that appears in many configurations and settings, from intimate groups of two and three in museum galleries to rousing complements of eighteen in concert halls, public squares, and amphitheaters. Silkroad musicians are also teachers, producers, and advocates. Off the stage, they lead professional development and musician training workshops, create residency programs in schools, museums, and communities of all sizes, and experiment with new media and genres to share Silkroad’s approach to radical cultural collaboration.
Wesbild’s contribution to Silkroad helps to fund their important work. The musicians’ impact at Lame Deer embodies the kind of meaningful learning that can take place when students are engaged and passionate.
Lame Deer, a remote Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation, has welcomed Silkroad into their school community for the past five years, and through generous sharing of stories, music, and culture, helped students make connections and explore the world beyond the rural reservation.
Wesbild’s involvement goes beyond financial with Golnar Khosrowhshahi serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Silkroad. We are honoured to be a part of their mission to create music that builds a more hopeful world.