|THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA & THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE (director: Morgan Neville; cinematographer: Graham Willoughby; editors: Jason Zeldes, Helen Kearns; music: The Silk Road Ensemble; cast: Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor, Cristina Pato; Runtime: 96; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Caitrin Rogers; The Orchard; 2015)|
|"Upbeat first-rate musical
documentary that proclaims it is through music
that the world might best be able to connect
in a peaceful way."
by Dennis Schwartz share
Neville gives us scenes with personal narratives and the music played by some of the group's great talents assembled, from the 50 musicians, that include such masters as the Chinese pipa master Wu Man, Damascus-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Iranian-born kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, and Galacian bagpiper Cristina Pato. Yo-Yo is seen as a child prodigy at age 7, who was introduced on television by Leonard Bernstein.
The joyous music becomes the message, and tells us more than the musicians can possibly say what it all means.
REVIEWED ON 12/2/2016 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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