Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens: American Railroad
“For fans of cross-cultural musical exploration and for those of us who live at the intersection of cultures, the Silkroad Project is something special.” – WGBH
The Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble thrills audiences worldwide with a collective of artists representing dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, demonstrating how great beauty can emerge from great difference. Its newest program, American Railroad, illuminates the impact of African American, Chinese, Irish, and other immigrant communities on the creation of the US Transcontinental Railroad and connecting railways in North America, and the indigenous communities impacted the most by the construction of the rails through their lands. Silkroad’s American Railroad seeks to right these past wrongs by highlighting untold stories and amplifying unheard voices from these communities, painting a more accurate picture of the global diasporic origin of the American Empire. Led by artistic director Rhiannon Giddens, this show will contextualize — or rather re-contextualize — the railroad through music.