The Hollywood Bowl is one of our favorite venues in Southern California. Actually, it rivals most venues due to the magical setting and lovely evening breezes along with the most eclectic and amiable music lovers on the planet.
Sunday night we saw Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road band. The historical silkroad was a series of land and sea trade routes that crisscrossed Eurasia, bringing the exchange of goods and innovations from Japan to the Mediterranean Sea for some 2,000 years, until the 14th century.
Now we have our own silk road and with artistic director Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble visited California for an amazing and wide-ranging travelogue of music both traditional and new, suggesting a modern-day equivalent to the sort of cultural exchange that the old trade routes in centuries long gone by had experienced.
Has this group made a difference in peace and understanding around the world? If we read the newspaper it might imply that we have not made a dent. I agree with Richard Ginell's review in the LA Times. He said, "This concert was ranked as one of the most fun." The Bowl looked totally sold out, the attendees were diverse, enthusiastic and totally into the music. It was eclectic, energetic, joyous and memorable for a wonderful hot August night in Los Angeles.