YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE WIN 2017 GRAMMY AWARD
Sing Me Home Scores Best World Music Album
Sony Music Masterworks proudly announces a 2017 Grammy Award for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Available now, their sixth album Sing Me Home wins in the category of Best World Music Album.
Called “marvelous” by AllMusic, Sing Me Home debuted at #1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and at #3 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover and Classical Overall charts.
Produced by Silk Road Ensemble member Johnny Gandelsman and Grammy Award winner Kevin Killen (U2, Kate Bush, Elvis Castello, David Bowie), Sing Me Home examines the ever-changing idea of home, with original and traditional tunes composed or arranged by members of the Ensemble’s unique collective of global artists. Each piece invites listeners to explore the “music of home” through the individual experiences of Ensemble members, many of whom are immigrants. The result is a compelling collection of innovative and deeply moving tributes to the rich cultural heritage of the Balkans, China, Galicia, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Mali, people of the Roma, Syria, and the United States.
The album also features a range of guest artists including Rhiannon Giddens, Bill Frisell, Sarah Jarosz, Abigail Washburn, Martin Hayes, Gregory Porter, Lisa Fischer, Roomful of Teeth, Rustica, Toumani Diabaté and Shujaat Khan.
Johnny Gandelsman, co-producer of Sing Me Home and a violinist in the Silk Road Ensemble spoke on behalf of the group: “When the nominees for Best World Music Album were announced in December, we were honored to be nominated alongside extraordinary musicians like Anoushka Shankar, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Celtic Woman, and Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil. To have won the Grammy is an even greater honor, a recognition of the cross-cultural collaboration that has been at the center of the Silk Road Ensemble's work for almost two decades. It is an experience that has enriched our individual lives beyond measure, and one which we are determined to share with communities everywhere we go.”