Pittsburgh Performs: "The Music of Strangers" Film + AppalAsia

Live at The Mattress Factory, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Appalasia, a Pittsburgh-based ensemble of dulcimer, erhu, banjo, and vocals will perform live with a screening of the GRAMMY-nominated film "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" to follow at The Mattress Factory museum. The Mattress Factory is located in Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood at 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Click here to watch the film's trailer.

Pay what you wish!;$10 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The museum and box office will open at 6PM. Galleries will be open for viewing from 6-7PM.

About The Artist: 

"The intersection of cultures is where new things emerge." - Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Ensemble

Appalasia was formed by Mimi Jong, Jeff Berman, and Sue Powers in Pittsburgh, PA. Together they have created an evocative and ambitious performance language for dulcimer, erhu, banjo, and vocals that combines the influence of their folk-roots with original composition and inspired improvisation.

"The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" is the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed Best of Enemies, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind. Click here to watch the trailer.