The Music of Strangers

The Music of Strangers

The Music of Strangers

The filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom captures a globe-spanning experiment, started by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, where a diverse range of cultures put their musical sensibilities together to create something new.

2015Rating: Exempt96 minsUSA
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Morgan Neville ('20 Feet from Stardom', 'Best of Enemies')
Cast:
Yo-Yo MaWu ManKinan AzmehKayhan KalhorCristina Pato
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

How can we create fresh music if we obsess with staying traditional? It’s a question that La La Land asked and then sort of brushed aside, leaving it to The Music of Strangers to explore. The film follows The Silk Road Project, an orchestral version of The Avengers made up of different musicians from around the world who each play an cultural instrument like it’s a superpower. The Captain America of this group is Yo-Yo Ma, a Paris-born Chinese cello prodigy who grew up in the United States. Their mission is simple: create new musical art.

4.0

A truly great documentary of inspirational musical bravado, authenticity and humanity that will leave you elated.

Documentaries exist to document truths and a great documentary conveys a living journey where characters and events lead the story rather than the other way around. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2015) is a truly great documentary of inspirational musical bravado, authenticity and humanity. What may appear to be a biographical...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

"The Music of Strangers" is an aural celebration that's about using the past to break free of boundaries.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The focus is on the individuals, emphasising the unifying power of song - as well as Ma's humanitarianism.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

"Strangers" offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don't need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's admirably high-minded, and internationalism and openness have never been needed more. But I must admit to finding this ... not complacent exactly, but perhaps too serenely self-regarding.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Certainly makes for interesting viewing, but I just wanted a little more of their music and on the man who founded it all.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom.

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

How can we create fresh music if we obsess with staying traditional? It’s a question that La La Land asked and then sort of brushed aside, leaving it to The Music of Strangers to explore. The film follows The Silk Road Project, an orchestral version of The Avengers made up of different musicians from around the world who each play an cultural instrument like it’s a superpower. The Captain America of this group is Yo-Yo Ma, a Paris-born Chinese cello prodigy who grew up in the United States. Their mission is simple: create new musical art.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

"The Music of Strangers" is an aural celebration that's about using the past to break free of boundaries.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The focus is on the individuals, emphasising the unifying power of song - as well as Ma's humanitarianism.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

"Strangers" offers an inspiring look at creative people from very different walks of life who nonetheless communicate beautifully with one another. They don't need to speak a common language: Their dazzling music says it all.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's admirably high-minded, and internationalism and openness have never been needed more. But I must admit to finding this ... not complacent exactly, but perhaps too serenely self-regarding.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Certainly makes for interesting viewing, but I just wanted a little more of their music and on the man who founded it all.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom.

A truly great documentary of inspirational musical bravado, authenticity and humanity that will leave you elated.

Documentaries exist to document truths and a great documentary conveys a living journey where characters and events lead the story rather than the other way around. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2015) is a truly great documentary of inspirational musical bravado, authenticity and humanity. What may appear to be a...

4.0