Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project
The Silk Road was a complex series of trade routes between Europe and Asia,
established in the first millennium BC. More than a way to exchange goods, the Silk
Road became a bridge between cultures as well. Inspired by this ancient market place,
world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, began the Silk Road Project in 1998. The goal- to
bring back the sprit of inter-cultural exchange. Ali Felchi caught up with Yo-Yo Ma at
the National Mall, in Washington D.C.
Much more than spices, textiles and gunpowder were traded along the ancient trade
route known as the Silk Road. Musical traditions from Japan to the Mediterranean
were also exchanged. Today, that mythic route has captured the imagination of
world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Four years ago he created the Silk Road Project, a
collaboration of hundreds of composers and performers from Asia, Europe and North
America. Ma's mission is to create contemporary music through the inter-mingling of
traditional forms found along the Silk Road.
I've been traveling for the last 25 years, as a musician, as a modern day troubadour,
and as a guest in a lot of places. They tell you stories, they tell you what is precious to
them. I know something that is precious to you, you might want something that is
precious of mine. if we know what is precious to each other, we start a different
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You started this project in 1998, when it would have been a good idea anyway; all of a
sudden, in the post-September 11 world, what does it mean now? Is there a greater
need for this business of building trust between different cultures, varying cultures?
Well, my only answer that I can give is that I'm more committed, more devoted, and
more passionate to do the exact same work. Kojiro Umezaki plays a traditional
Japanese flute; he's been performing with the Silk Road Project for the past year.
I think the exchange of ideas is just fascinating for us because so many times, you
know, if you're learning a traditional instrument like this, you can get caught up, I
guess in the system in which this is taught, the instrument is taught, and it's just a
great way to step aside from that for just a few moments, listen to other people and
exchange these musical ideas.
Talk about business for a second, talk about managing. you brought people together
from all sorts of different cultures, and you tried to find commonality.
I think that one thing that I know is that I don't know so many things. I'm a terrible
manager. I'm an ideas person, and in music I try and translate ideas, or what is very
personal and internal from somebody else into me, into somebody else. And when that
work is done, somebody else gets the idea. Once we have the experience, of seeing
something on stage in real form, that goes in deeper, and I hope more people will
actually want to share their stories and I think that leads probably to a better way of
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Fashion Icon Beckham
They've styled their hair into the ever-attractive mullets they've long considered a
tracksuit to acceptable attire for an evening out. Yes, the professional footballer has
committed enough fashion crimes to join the eleven at Alcatraz. But wait, there is a
change a foot. Increasingly, footballers are making the transition from flouting all
style rules to actually setting the trends. There is a revolution going on in locker
rooms around the world. Middle field visionary, dead bald maestro, millionaire spice
guy, and best dressed man in Britain, that's David Beckham for you. Football, but also
"My favorite picture, Fedora, Frock coat, Baggy pants, Spats, very cool."
"Please welcome the face of Police, David Beckham."
GQ editor Dylan Jones heaps praise on a man whose style credentials include wearing
sarongs, diamond earrings, and even his wife's underwear. Yet he says Beckham has
taken the footballer image further than anyone else, right up into the league of movie
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stars and super models.
"I think because he's a family man, you know, he's the most famous man in Britain as
well as probably being considered the best dressed man in Britain. He's kind of
rampantly heterosexual, so I think that all those things conspire to allow him to play
with his image to such an extent. That he can be more extreme, he can cover himself
in baby oil on the cover of GQ, he can wear black painted fingernails and big Fedoras
and baited boxing shorts, which most footballers as you say, could not do because it
wouldn't really fit with their image."
Beckham's image on and off the pitch won him a million-dollar deal with Police. In a
year and a half, the sunglasses brand saw its turnover increase three fold, proving a
model like Beckham is worth the price.
"They are incredibly up-market, talented, stylish, media friendly, mediated individuals.
In sense of kudos, there is no great kudos at the moment than getting a sportsman to
endorse your product."
Fisherman & Author
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At the confident age of nine, Linda Greenlaw was already making off with her father's
fishing boat and taking her younger brother and sister on adventures at sea. Today,
after 20 years as a commercial fisherman, Greenlaw's been called one of the best sea
captains on the East Coast. But
she's also made her mark in the publishing world, recalling her adventures at sea and
her life at home, in a small town in coastal Maine. Valarie Morris tells her tale.
Off the coast of down East Maine, hidden in the mist, is Idaho, the home of about
sixty-year rounders, mainly lobster fishermen. It's also the home of Linda Greenlaw,
former Sword-boat captain, author and lobsterman.
Most of the time, she can be found lobstering with her dad working in the stern. Each
season has its own story to tell.
I've been fishing for 20 years, all different fisheries. And you definitely get used to the
up and down. Nobody consistently makes money all year round, no matter what
fishery you're in, you can have some bad times.
For years, as captain of a one hundred foot sword-boat, Greenlaw braved dangerous
weather, and was away from home for months at a time. Greenlaw's best-selling first
book, Hungry Ocean, tells of her adventures 1500 miles off shore.
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They call it sea fever. It's a feeling you get when you're on the water. I like the way I
feel when I'm at sea. I'm passionate about catching fish. It doesn't matter what kind of
fish, and what size. It's what I like to do. And as proud as I am to be recognized, now,
as the best-selling author, nothing makes me prouder than saying I'm a fisherman.
AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN
I smell copper-tone. That means that Captain Linda Greenlaw, a lady vain about her
nose is in my wheelhouse.
In the movie "The Perfect Storm", Greenlaw was played by Mary Elizabeth
Masterantonio. The film, which is based on the real lives of New England deep-sea
fishermen, tells the tragic story of a captain, Billy Tyme, played by George Clooney,
who faces an unspeakable triple storm.
I liked a lot about the movie. I liked the fact, I thought it was a nice tribute to a way of
life. And I don't mean like a memorial to the men who died. I mean it's like a tribute to
the people who choose to go to sea. When I heard George Clooney was going to play
the lead, I begged Warner Brothers, just let me play myself, about fifty times.
Greenlaw gave up sword fishing, because new regulations made the dangerous
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business that much less practical, and for personal reasons.
I wanted very much to start my own family. And it just wasn't happening sword
fishing. I've had some nice boyfriends, but there's something about thanks for dinner,
see ya in thirty days, you don't get too many second dates. It seems to be some kind of
a mistake to come to the island to start a family because there are three single men on
the island, two of them are gay, and one is my cousin. So this wasn't my best move.
Maybe not the best move in her opinion, but fans of Greenlaw are pretty excited. Her
latest book hit the shelves this week, "The Lobster Chronicles", life on a very small
island, accounts the changes in her professional and personal life since returning to
Salsa King Marc Anthony
If you want to see a Latin explosion, to Marc Anthony, he's part of one. Following last
year's Salsa set Libre, he adds to his English language output with a new album
Mended in a stunning collaboration with Rock Thomas.
I got all music out of my system. I recorded two albums simultaneously, which is
quite a feat. Two totally different genres Salsa album and pop album literally,
simultaneously, I jumped from one session to the next. It's by far the most prolific
musical year of my whole life, the most musical year period.
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It's by far the most prolific album I've ever done. You know, it's not as melancholic, as
deep as the other ones that I've done, and once I realized that, I said, well let me hear
the last one. It's a little darker, full of a bit of pain, a bit of angst, and uncertainty. And
I realized that's where I found myself, at that point. That's why this song called
"Mended" coz so many things had to come together for me to find myself in a
beautiful place in my life.
"Tragedy" is a song that I wrote with Cory Rooney for Marc Anthony.
It was sort of curious. I was full of a lot of anxiety, as you can imagine, when you hear
someone that you respect so much like Rob Thomas is writing some for you, and
you're just like, I want to know what he thinks, I want to know what he sound like, I
want to do what he's like, you know. Coz it's his vision, you know, for me.
I never set out to be the poster child or educate the world, on what it is to be Latino.
My music and my accomplishments say that in itself. That this is land of the
opportunities and anything is possible, I mean, if I'm a symbol of anything, it's that
anything is possible. You know, I was born and raised on the streets of Harlem, man,
and I've seen it all. I just worked hard, and I believed in a dream, as hard as it was
sometimes, and I accomplished what I always thought I could.
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I'm counting on so much to happen, in order to have a career, in order to make a living,
in order to entertain. You know, we sold this thing called CD, we take for granted that
when you press "play", you like, you're gonna feel something. You never see it, coz
you can't see music. Think about how much we're counting on it, I think about it and
it's like, how lucky am I. I stand on stage, and I hold this little thing that amplifies my
voice and the 20, 000 person has to feel it somewhere. It's, I feel really really lucky, I
feel really really lucky, coz it's so fulfilling. Marc Anthony has out on touring North
America in July, time for us to also hit the road.
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