Music Film Transcends Borders

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (96 min.), from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, is being co-presented by World Community and the Immigrant Welcome Centre at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 21 at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College.

The film event opens with some local live music from Sweet Santa Fe featuring the blended talents of Michel Rivero and Christine Baxter. Rivero and Baxter met and fell in love under the Cuban sun, and soon after began writing music that drew on their Cuban and Canadian influences. They blend interesting melody lines and beautiful harmonies, Spanish guitar and Cuban rhythms.

The film, The Music of Strangers, follows an extraordinary group of musicians that have 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.

The film introduces 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.

Check out the film trailer at

Everyone is welcome. Admission is by donation.  FMI:  (250) 337 5412

Janet Fairbanks

World Commuinty