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American Railroad: Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens on Nov 9, 2023 | UCSB Arts & Lectures

West Coast Premiere

American Railroad: 
Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens

Thu, Nov 9 | 8:00 PM  
The Granada Theatre
Past Event

“Silkroad has people from all over, and that’s what makes it such a great group to represent the American story, because that’s what the American story is. We are world music.” – Rhiannon Giddens

Under the leadership of 2023 Pulitzer Prize-winner Rhiannon Giddens, the genre-defying Silkroad Ensemble embarks on a new initiative that amplifies the untold stories of African American, Chinese, Indigenous, Irish and other communities in the creation of North America’s railroads. Chinese traditional music on the suona and pipa is contrasted with the fiddle and banjo of Black musical traditions, and their Indigenous and Celtic counterparts. These cultural intersections reveal a thread of commonality despite their varied origins, and remind us of the intricately rich American story.

Rhiannon Giddens, banjo, voice
Shawn Conley, bass
Pura Fé Crescioni, lap steel guitar, voice
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Sandeep Das, tablas
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Mazz Swift, violin, voice
Niwel Tsumbu, guitar
Francesco Turrisi, frame drums, accordion
Kaoru Watanabe, percussion
Michi Wiancko, violin
Wu Man, pipa
Yazhi Guo, suona, Chinese percussion

Thu, Nov 9 | 8:00 PM  
The Granada Theatre
Past Event

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Major Sponsor: Jody & John Arnhold

Supporting Sponsors: Mary Becker, and Barbara Stupay

Justice for All Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Eva & Yoel Haller, Dick Wolf, and Zegar Family Foundation

Presented in association with UCSB Department of Music, UCSB Global Engagement as part of International Education Week, and UCSB Learning Institute for Visionary Epistemologies in STEM and Interdisciplinary Studies

Part of the California Festival, a statewide music initiative showcasing the most compelling and forward-looking voices in performances of works written in the past five years

Special Thanks:

Santa Barbara Independent      KUSC    KCSB   

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