Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center
Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an
impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the
Silk Road House are:
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and
cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern
day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural
center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information
concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
- to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
- to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
- to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk
Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...
Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Karen Folger Jacobs
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Joan E. Norvelle
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Santo K. van Ess
...as well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Our cordial thanks to all of you!
- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
FILMING MUSIC #3.
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, SRH continues the screening of the new series of twelve unique documentary films produced in France in 2015. All films have English subtitles.
Today’s film is from New York and Mali (Africa), and entitled “Bamako is a Miracle.” It was produced in 2002 by Verna Gillis, a PhD in ethnomusicology, a free-lance producer, with the French director Samuel Chalard.
This documentary dedicated to the unique partnership of legendary New York jazz trombonist and ethnomusicologist Roswell Hopkins Rudd (b. 1935) and the young Malian kora prodigy Toumani Diabaté who comes from a long family tradition of kora players. A kora is a mandinka harp built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck. Usually it has 21 strings.
Roswell Rudd has been a frequent visitor to the African nation of Mali, performing and recording with Malian musicians for the first time ever. This recording odyssey shares the adventure of a cross-cultural endeavor and reveals the reality of collaboration between two cultures that could hardly be more opposite.
This outstanding film is a recipient of Bartok Award 2003.
Total running time 53 mins.
The film will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.
July 23rd, Saturday, 5-7pm
Hope to see you there at the Silk Road House in Berkeley, as always!