We live in a time of extreme contrasts: while one part of the world enjoys unlimited material comfort, another suffers strife, hunger and disease. High tech magic is just a border away from descendents of stone-age tribes. Ancient conflicts divide neighbors, while a global economy links nations half a world apart.
Propelled by these contrasts, today music floats freely around the globe, cross-pollinating and gene-splicing the sounds of cultures from primitive to sophisticated. In the midst of this astonishing diversity sits a new breed of composer: conscious of tradition but not limited by it, transmitting the deep soul messages of their culture across time and space with a new freedom of creative expression.
Classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, for example, draws musicians from an array of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures into fluid collaborations with the orchestra, while solo artists from many countries invent new contexts for the ancient instruments of their homelands.
On this edition of Hearts of Space, music by STEPHAN MICUS, DJIVAN GASPARYAN, KAYHAN KAHLOR, HANS CHRISTIAN and LUDOVICO EINAUDI, on a program called DEEP WORLD.