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What if Marco Polo had owned a tape recorder? And what if his epic travels across the heart of Asia had taken place not at the end of the 13th century, but at the beginning of the 21st? The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan presents a panoramic sweep of the vast and rich musical territory that an adventurous traveler like Polo might uncover in this vitally important region today. 2-CD, full color booklet with extensive notes, photos, 47 tracks and 146 minutes.

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"What if Marco Polo had owned tape recorder?" This intriguing concept is raised in the liner notes to this impressive two-CD set, which wanders along ancient Asian trade routes known as the Silk Road. The first disc, Masters & Traditions, deals with formal styles performed by and for sophisticated connoisseurs. Meanwhile, the music on Minstrels and Lovers is played by amateurs who are part of daily life and thus reach a wider audience. The imaginary caravan passes through Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, and Afghanistan, encountering nomads, mystics, and bards along the way. The instruments are scratchy, pungent, and/or serene, while the singers weave a potent spell out of a millennium's worth of slow-changing rural and urban vistas. In the opening essay, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the project's artistic director, pleads for intercultural communication and empathy. This compilation provides an exotic, brave, entertaining first step in that direction. --Christina Roden

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  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.12 Ounces
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
  • Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2002
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 2 hours and 26 minutes
  • SPARS Code ‏ : ‎ DDD
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ July 27, 2006
  • Label ‏ : ‎ SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000063NDQ
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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