Xi’an, China, 4 May 2017 - Between the 4th and the 21st of May, 2017, four leading musicians on the artist roster of the Aga Khan Music Initiative are participating in a 12-city debut concert tour of China. The tour, titled “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route”, showcases the long history of cultural interaction and exchange among musicians from China and Central Asia.
The Borderlands tour begins in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China and eastern terminus of the Silk Route, and continues to Suzhou, Changzhou, Zhuji, Henan, Taiyuan, Shenyang, Beijing, Tangshan, Weifang, Qingdao, and Wuhan.
For the Music Initiative, the ”Borderlands” tour represents a first step toward developing relationships with artistic communities, performing artists, and performing arts organisations in China with the aim of creating long-term networks for collaboration.
Fairouz Nishanova, Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, acknowledged the milestone represented by the ”Borderlands” tour: “The Music Initiative is thrilled to be working with Wu Man to acquaint audiences in China with outstanding music and musicians from the lands of the Silk Route. "Borderlands" renews vital historical links between China and Central Asia, and shows off the immense talent of a group of performer-composer-improvisers who are drawing on their cultural heritage to create innovative contemporary music”.
Sirojiddin Juraev, a graduate of the Music Initiative-sponsored Academy of Maqom and longtime collaborator with the Aga Khan Music Initiative remarked, “Creating new music with Wu Man and the other musicians in the "Borderlands" tour has been a life-changing experience. By working with musicians from historically-related traditions along the Silk Route, I’ve come to a deeper understanding of my own cultural heritage and its place in the contemporary world”.
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